Thursday, May 23, 2024

Ben Carson: Harriet Tubman Suited for $2 but NOT $20 (WATCH)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at River Woods September 30, 2015 in Exeter, New Hampshire
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks during a town hall event at River Woods September 30, 2015 in Exeter, New Hampshire

*Dr. Ben Carson is getting a deserved collective side-eye from folks over his comments regarding Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. And on top of that he’s getting a tongue lashing from a Rosa Parks relative.

Carson, the failed 2016 Republican presidential candidate went on FOX Business channel and not only big upped Jackson, the 7th president, but said he thought Tubman was more suited for the $2 bill.

“I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did. But we can find another way to honor her,” Carson said. “Maybe a $2 bill.”

As we reported last year, Rosa Parks was also in the running to get a new spot on U.S. currency, and her niece, Sheila Keys, incensed with Carson’s comment about Tubman, told TMZ the retired neurosurgeon “needs surgery on his brain” and clearly puts zero historical value on Tubman’s contributions to America.

As for her aunt Rosa getting passed up, Keys says Parks “was not a diva and being on a dollar bill does not represent what she’s about.”

Speaking of Harriet Tubman being the new face of the $20 bill, check out the reactions below from “Underground” creator Misha Green and stars Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Aldis Hodge, Amirah Vann and PJ Marshall:

underground creator and cast reactions to harriet tubman on 20 dollar bill

Here’s what we reported earlier:

Harriet Tubman to Replace Andrew Jackson on $20 Bill

*Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce today that Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the $20 bill.

Sources tell Politico that Andrew Jackson will be replaced by the famed abolitionist who escaped slavery and subsequently made thirteen missions to rescue some 70 enslaved families and friends using the Underground Railroad.

Jackson won’t be completely removed from the $20 bill. He’s likely to remain somewhere on the back, Politico reports.

Lew is also expected to announce that leaders of the women’s suffrage movement will be placed on the back of the $10 bill, and civil rights era leaders and other important moments in American history will be added to the $5 bill.

People familiar with the matter said new designs for the bills should be ready by 2020. Treasury is likely to ask the Federal Reserve, which makes the final decision, to speed the process and get the bills into circulation as quickly as possible.

Reaction to Tubman, a Civil War-era abolitionist, replacing Jackson on the front of the $20 was widely positive. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) tweeted: “If this is true, great news! Tubman on $20 is the right call. The redesign needs to happen as soon as possible. Women have waited long enough.”

CNN reported over the weekend that Alexander Hamilton would stay on the $10 bill.

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