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Michael Gerson: Put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill

Staff WriterMay 28, 2019

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump invites historical comparisons, it is usually to his detriment. This is the risk of being even more corrupt than Warren Harding and even less articulate than, well, Warren Harding (whose rhetoric reminded H.L. Mencken of “a string of wet sponges” and “stale bean soup”).

Even so, the Trump administration’s recent snubbing of Harriet Tubman in favor of extending Andrew Jackson’s run as the face on the $20 bill is particularly revealing, and especially damning.

It is revealing for who is being kept on the money — not only the proud owner of slaves, but the political author of a vicious white man’s populism.

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