Reince Priebus, Donald Trump's chief of staff, told a group of wealthy donors on Wednesday morning that Trump will be such a fantastic president he'll end up on the $20 bill.
Priebus was joking, according to Politico, but the twenty is also the bill that will soon feature the first woman on American paper money since Martha Washington briefly appeared on the $1 silver certificate in the late 1800s. In other words, it was a pretty tone-deaf joke—especially given Trump's remarks about the $20 bill.
In a sweeping move announced in April, the Treasury Department said Harriet Tubman, a former slave and abolitionist leader, is replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, the slave-holding seventh president of the United States. Jackson will then move to the back of the twenty. It's part of a broader overhaul of U.S. currency that includes putting women and civil rights leaders on certain $5 and $10 bills.
Trump weighed in on the announcement, saying at the time that putting Tubman on the $20 was "pure political correctness," according to CNN.
"Well, Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it's very rough when you take somebody off the bill," Trump said during a town hall on NBC's Today show. "I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic, but I would love to leave Andrew Jackson or see if we can maybe come up with another denomination."
He also praised Jackson, saying he "had a history of tremendous success for the country." Some writers and historians consider Jackson among the worst U.S. presidents. His treatment of Native-American tribes has been compared to genocide. Although Politico magazine has also argued that Jackson has virtues, namely that he gave root to the very idea of American democracy.
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