Hey, are you shocked that Republican lawmakers are attempting to block the change on the 20 dollar bill from Andrew “Genocide” Jackson to former slave and abolitionist freedom-fighter Harriet Tubman? I’m not either, but it still sucks. Republican Steve King from Iowa filed an amendment to a bill funding the Treasury Department in an attempt to prohibit the department from redesigning any currency. The Rules Committee denied the amendment proposal on Tuesday.
King defended his motion by saying that the move to replace Jackson was essentially motivated by political correctness:
“It’s not about Harriet Tubman, it’s about keeping the picture on the $20… Y’know? Why would you want to change that? I am a conservative, I like to keep what we have.”
“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.”
"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."
The worst of it all is that Politico reports "King is not alone among Republicans," citing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump among other supporters, urging Tubman be placed on the $2 bill instead.
The Rules Committee is a Republican controlled panel, and even they didn’t want to deal with King’s nonsense.