The Obama regime announced today that Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill. It is a transparent sop to black voters in an election year and a sign of the raw cynicism of the Democratic party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Tubman is a famed abolitionist who worked to rescue slaves during the Civil War era and honoring her in this way is the culmination of an Obama effort to make the currency more diverse by putting a woman on the double sawbuck. It is also a move that is a political winner with liberals.
Reuters reports that “Harriet Tubman to be first African-American on U.S. currency”:
Anti-slavery crusader Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American to be featured on the face of U.S. paper currency when she replaces President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the U.S. Treasury Department announced on Wednesday.
She will also be the first woman on U.S. paper currency in more than a century.
The redesigned $20 bill will move Jackson to the back of the bill alongside an image of the White House, Treasury officials said.
A new $10 bill will keep founding father Alexander Hamilton on the front, while adding images of five women, all leaders of the women’s suffrage movement, to the back.
The reverse of a new $5 note will honor events held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., including former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., officials said.
The slew of changes give the Treasury “a chance to open the aperture to reflect more of America’s history,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told reporters on a conference call.
The decision to replace the seventh president of the United States with Tubman, who was born a slave and helped hundreds of slaves escape using the network of safe-houses known as the Underground Railroad, followed public outreach by the Treasury Department regarding which woman should be featured on a bill after they announced plans in June to feature one on the $10 note.
U.S. Treasury spokesman Rob Runyan could not say when the redesigned bill would be issued.
The women last depicted on U.S. bills were first lady Martha Washington on the $1 silver certificate from 1891 to 1896, and Native American Pocahontas in a group photo on the $20 bill from 1865 to 1869.
Harriet Tubman became the top-trending hashtag on Twitter shortly after the news broke on Wednesday, with more than 100,000 tweets and mentions online.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) tweeted, “Having #HarrietTubman on the new $20 bill is a #milestone for our nation, a powerful acknowledgment of great #women and #AfricanAmericans.”
While many will question why Tubman and why now it is should be obvious to all but the most willfully blind that black votes matter and Hillary is going to need every one of them to eke out a victory come November. Liberals will be quick to pounce on any criticism of bumping Jackson –a revered hero to many – as being racist. It’s hard to imagine Obama’s people throwing a bigger bone to prospective voters short of calling for Martin Luther King Jr. to be added to Mount Rushmore.