Ben Carson Argues For Keeping Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill

Regarding Harriet Tubman replacing President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, both Donald Trump and Ben Carson have a few questions.

During a town hall event broadcast live on NBC's "Today" show Trump said, "I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill." He added, "I don't like seeing it. Yes, I think it's pure political correctness."

Andrew Jackson is the seventh U.S. president who was the only American leader held as a prisoner of war. He was the first to be targeted for assassination, and the only one to retire the entire national debt. Descendants of Andrew Jackson revile him as the architect of an Indian removal policy in 1838 and 1839 that required migration of native tribes in a forced march that killed over 10,000--the event was called the Trail of Tears.

Trump argued, "Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it's very rough when you take somebody off the bill. Andrew Jackson had a record of tremendous success for the country...and really represented somebody that really was very important to this country."

Then, on Fox Business, Ben Carson said "I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill. Andrew Jackson...was a tremendous president. I mean, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually balanced the federal budget, where we had no national debt."

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said "United States history is not Andrew Jackson versus Harriet Tubman. It is Andrew Jackson and Harriet Tubman, both heroes of a nation's work in progress towards great goals. It is unnecessary to diminish Jackson in order to honor Tubman. Jackson was the first common man to be elected president. He fought to save the Union. He defined an American era. He helped found the Democratic Party. And he was a great Tennessean."

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