The government changes U.S. currency bills to stop counterfeiters. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said that was his number one priority, but there are some people in Washington that believe Mnuchin has another plan up his Trump-like sleeve. Former Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew put a proposal in place when Obama was president, and his idea was one of the president’s proudest new currency concepts. Rather than printing more $20 bills with slave-owner Andrew Jackson’s image on the front, the new $20 bill would have Harriet Tubman image where 7th president Andrew Jackson’s image is now. Obviously, putting abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill is not about stopping counterfeiters. It’s about rewriting some of the terrible injustices that made the 19th century one of the bloodiest and racially motivated times in American history.
But using Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20 bill is not a done deal now that Mnuchin is in charge of the U.S. Treasury. Mr. Mnuchin is standing firm, and he is telling anyone who will listen that any change in the $20 bill will be about security not rewriting American history. The Trump comrade said he would revisit the issue, but it is not one of his top priorities. Security is his priority.
The Tubman announcement was part of an April 2016 Jack Lew proposal, and at the same time, Lew said Alexander Hamilton’s image would stay on the $10 bill. That message was well-received by people who want the first Treasury secretary to stay where he is in history, especially after the hit Broadway Musical “Hamilton” brought the dueling secretary to life on stage. Donald Trump said Harriet Tubman was a fantastic choice, but he also said Andrew Jackson should stay where he is on the $20 bill. President Trump thinks Tubman’s image could work on another denomination. Trump said the $2 bill was a better choice. Trump complimented Tubman, but at the same time, he didn’t think her image was $20 bill worthy.
President Trump is an Andrew Jackson lover. He doesn’t hide his admiration for the Tennessee slave owner. Trumps has Jackson picture in the oval office, and he often gives Jackson tweet time. The bottom line is, Harriet Tubman’s image may not make it to the $20 bill while Trump is in office. But her image and her work are now part of the American psyche, so she will surface on a currency bill in the future.