On Wednesday Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the unveiling of the $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman will no longer be released in 2020.
The bills are not expected to be in circulation until 2026 at the earliest now. Mnuchin said he believes this is not a decision he can make during his term even if he were to carry on a second term with the president. Mnuchin will instead be focused on anti-counterfeiting measures for the rest of his term. While the next redesign for $20 bill will be left to the next secretary,
The original idea behind unveiling the new $20 bill design in 2020 was to honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. This redesign was a project to give a new look to U.S. currency by adding women and civil rights leaders to the bills.
Trump is known to disapprove this redesign which may have had a strong hand in the push back of the unveiling. In April 2016, Trump called the redesign of the bill “pure political correctness” and suggested that Tubman should be apart of the $2 bill instead.
Trump values Jackson as a president and has said that Jackson reminds him of himself. He has also said “Andrew Jackson had a great history, and I think it’s very rough when you take somebody off the bill.”
The recent pushback of the Tubman $20 bill, against the now Jackson $20 is an attempt to shine light on parts of American history that have not seen this kind of spotlight before. Although it looks to be another fight against conservatives who supported Jackson and those liberals who support Tubman.
In reaction to the pushback, an artist on Etsy is selling Tubman stamps and encouraging people to stamp Tubman’s face on the current Jackson $20.
The Tubman $20 will no longer be unveiled while Trump is in office which does not seem to worry Trump or Mnuchin at all. The anticipated bill will be fully released by 2028 which is almost a decade from now.