When an openly racist, homophobic, misogynist pig like Donald Trump can somehow become the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, it’s not surprising that GOP politicians everywhere are suddenly wearing their true colors as loudly and proudly as the KKK wear their white cloaks.
Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) recently filed legislation that would prevent the U.S. Treasury from replacing Andrew Jackson (a slave owner known to hunt them down and punish them physically if they tried to escape) with Harriet Tubman (celebrated abolitionist who helped save thousands of escaped slaves) on the $20 bill. You would think he’d have better things to worry about right now, but no… Evidently the thought of a black woman’s face on U.S. currency has him all hot and bothered.
His reasoning is truly bonkers:
The conservative gadfly said it is “racist” and “sexist” to say a woman or person of color should be added to currency. “Here’s what’s really happening, this is liberal activism on the part of the president, that’s trying to identify people by categories and he’s divided us on the lines of groups. … This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president and mine’s unifying. It says just don’t change anything.
And part of King’s “unifying” message is accusing the president of using Harriet Tubman as a way to destroy “this society and this civilization.”
President Obama’s on his way out the door. He’s going to do everything he can think of to upset this society and this civilization.
It begs the question, just what “society” does Steve King want to preserve by preventing one of the most iconic abolitionists in American history from being honored on the $20 bill?
Rep. King is well known around DC for racist his anti-immigrant stance and he’s openly spoken about his feelings toward immigrants already in the country:
For every child of immigrants who’s a valedectorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the dessert.
When words like those above come so easily to him, it’s not at all shocking that he would dislike the idea of a Harriet Tubman $20 bill, but it is a little shocking that he would waste so much time, energy and most importantly taxpayer money trying to put a stop to it.
Other politicians have spoken out in hopes of keeping Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Ben Carson said that perhaps Harriet Tubman would be better suited for “another denomination” like the $2 bill. And Donald Trump has his own opinions:
Andrew Jackson had a great history. I think it’s very rough when you take someone off the bill,” Trump said in an interview on NBC’s “Today.” “I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, I would love to leave Andrew Jackson.
The amendment King filed would block a Harriet Tubman $20 bill but would also prohibit the Treasury from changing the face of ANY U.S. currency. Perhaps King is worried about the possibility of a Barack Obama $100 bill in the future?
UPDATE: The House Committee shut Rep. Steve King’s amendment down. Apparently, considering it too stupid even for Congress to consider.
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