The former GOP presidential candidate told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto on Wednesday that he’s not anti-Tubman:
“I love Harriet Tubman. I love what she did, but we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill.”
Carson called Andrew Jackson “a tremendous president” and praised him for being the last president to balance the budget.
The retired neurosurgeon seemed oblivious to the obvious reaction to his words. Jackson, the seventh president, owned about 150 slaves who worked his cotton plantation and fiercely defended slavery. He’s also remembered for forcibly relocating thousands of Native Americans from their home in the south.
Tubman, on the other hand, was an abolitionist who risked her life to rescue slaves and a Union spy in the Civil War.
The Washington Post reports that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced Wednesday that Tubman’s portrait will appear on the front of the $20 note, making the former slave the first African-American and first Black woman to appear on U.S. currency.
Here’s what the Democratic presidential candidates tweeted: