Last year, Barack Obama announced that former President Andrew Jackson would be removed from the $20 bill and replaced by former slave and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. President Donald Trump can’t reverse this plan, but he let Obama know exactly what he thinks of it by doing something huge in Jackson’s honor.
The very first week when he moved in the White House, Trump hung a portrait of Jackson up in the Oval Office. On Wednesday, he’ll honor the legendary president once again when he will visit the Hermitage, Jackson’s home, and lay a wreath at the former president’s tomb.
Trump has previously expressed his admiration for Jackson, describing him as “an amazing figure in American history — very unique so many ways.”
Both presidents had many things in common. Jackson was the first president to be elected on the populist vote, and like Trump, he often said the system was rigged against him. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has compared Trump to Jackson in the past, pointing out that they share a similar populist message, reports MRC Blog.
“Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an entirely new political movement,” Bannon told The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s everything related to jobs. The conservatives are going to go crazy. I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. With negative interest rates throughout the world, it’s the greatest opportunity to rebuild everything. Shipyards, ironworks, get them all jacked up. We’re just going to throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. It will be as exciting as the 1930s, greater than the Reagan revolution — conservatives, plus populists, in an economic nationalist movement.”
In accordance to Obama’s plan, Tubman is set to be put on the $20 bill by 2030. When Obama made this announcement, Trump criticized it, saying it was a decision of “pure political correctness.”
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