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Mnuchin has outraged liberals with these Harriet Tubman comments

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin received criticism for saying the issue of replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill was not a high priority. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Last year, Jack Lew, former president Barack Obama's Treasury secretary, proposed replacing former president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman.

The logic was that it was a good idea to replace Jackson, a slave owner and a controversial figure, with the famed abolitionist Tubman, a historical figure with an overwhelmingly positive reputation.

But Steve Mnuchin, the current secretary of the Treasury, has more important things to worry about than what face is on the bills, he said to CNBC on Thursday.

"The No. 1 issue why we change the currency is to stop counterfeiting," Mnuchin said. "So the issues of what we change will be primarily related to what we need to do for security purposes. I've received classified briefings on that. And that's what I'm focused on for the most part.

"People have been on the bills for a long period of time. And this is something we will consider. Right now, we've got a lot more important issues to focus on," he said.

The liberal backlash predictably came in full force, notably from Chelsea Clinton and former Bernie Sanders press secretary Symone Sanders.



The Trump administration is not, however, 'coming for Harriet.' Mnuchin is simply not prioritizing the aesthetics of our currency over ensuring that it is protected from counterfeiters.

This storyline falls in step with the ongoing national debate over statues and monuments to Confederate soldiers and other historically controversial figures, even extending to previously unassailable figures such as George Washington.

What do you think? Should we care whose faces are on our bills?

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