A well-respected actor just blasted the Trump administration in a hysterical way after Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defended the president’s love for racist sentiment.
Andrew Jackson was the Donald Trump of his era.
No, that’s not an exaggeration.
The 7th President of the United States was a walking disaster who nearly halted our then-accelerating progressivism. He forcibly removed Native American tribes from their lands, wreaked havoc on the economy, and faced such widespread opposition that a new political party was birthed to stop him.
Jackson was a racist — even for his time. He was a proud, wealthy slave owner who legalized ethnic cleansing. In fact, he was so shamelessly ruthless, Cherokee tribes nicknamed him “Indian killer.”
And yet we celebrate his horrifying legacy by plastering his face on the front of every $20 bill.
Luckily, someone finally pointed out that Jackson isn’t exactly a guy we should place on a pedestal. During the Obama administration, plans were finalized to replace Jackson’s portrait with Harriet Tubman — a symbol of slaves’ heroic fight for freedom which our country should proudly embrace.
But now, in Trump’s latest attempt to push the nation back a hundred years, those noble plans are facing abandonment.
What’s Happening Now:
On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told CNBC that he wouldn’t commit to replacing Jackson’s image on our national currency.
“It’s not something I’m focused on at the moment,” Mnuchin said of the Obama-era plans. “The No. 1 issue why we change the currency is to stop counterfeiting. So the issues of what we change will be primarily related to what we need to do for security purposes.”
It’s an abrupt change of course that shouldn’t come as a shock. In March, Trump tweeted his adoration for the time-honored harbinger of genocide.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
And it isn’t the first time Trump has praised his centuries-dead role model. In March, Trump visited the former president’s resting place, and couldn’t stop raving about it.
“What a great visit,” Trump said after his tour of Jackson’s mansion, according to The Huffington Post. “Inspirational visit, let me tell you. I’m a fan.”
Even Steve Bannon couldn’t ignore the stark parallels between Trump and the former chief executive, who likened Trump’s movement to “Jackson’s populism.”
“Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill,” Trump said last year.
But while Trump is celebrating the shameful legacy of his notorious man-crush, one Hollywood star is urging his 240,000+ Twitter followers to defy the president’s administration through a unique approach.
Josh Malina, who assumed the role of the vice president’s chief of staff on NBC’s “The West Wing,” encouraged people to brandish Jackson’s portrait with Harriet Tubman’s name.
“How about writing HARRIET TUBMAN across Jackson’s face on every $20 bill that passes through our hands?” Malina wrote.
— ????Joshua Malina???? (@JoshMalina) August 31, 2017
While its effectiveness remains questionable, Malina’s idea is an arguably clever way to resist Trump’s overt bigotry — and Twitter users were quick to join in on the fun.
Done and done. pic.twitter.com/QOcQlTa81E
— Miell (@mineyi02) September 1, 2017
— Weezie, Esq. ⚖️ (@KatyKat530) August 31, 2017
Made these today. If I was a dude there might be four of them. pic.twitter.com/j3822UUSRa
— SPike (@spike1972) September 1, 2017
Though Trump called Tubman “fantastic,” he expressed his desire to leave the $20 unchanged, saying the U.S. Mint should “maybe come up with another denomination.”
Great idea, Donny! Wouldn’t want to tarnish Jackson’s angelic reputation.