New Hampshire’s Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is among those incensed that Donald Trump has spiked plans to put Harriet Tubman’s likeness on the U.S. $20 bill. It would be in place of President Andrew Jackson who, like Shaheen, was a Democrat.
Trump has said that the Tubman effort is just “pure political correctness.”
Sort of like the political correctness Shaheen’s party has been engaged in recently to rename events (such as Jefferson-Jackson Day fundraisers) because those Democrats were slave owners.
Some of these efforts can lead to the absurd, as columnist George Will pointed out in a piece last week. Thomas Jefferson being a slave-owner, Will asked, should not the “prime real estate” along Washington’s Tidal Basin be repurposed from its current use for the Jefferson Memorial?
Other than cost, we have no quarrel with putting Harriet Tubman on the $20. A remarkable and courageous woman, perhaps this effort would introduce her experiences to the mass of Americans who know nothing of Tubman or, for that matter, not much else of U.S. history.
We are surprised at Shaheen. Already running for another term, she is engaged in cranking out so much PR fluff that some people may assume she has officially changed her name to Bipartisan Shaheen.
Why wouldn’t she suggest that the Treasury alternate printing $20 bills with Tubman and Jackson taking turns on the front? The plan was to put Battle of New Orleans victor Jackson on the back of the Tubman bill anyway. A two-faced $20 seems appropriate for these times.