President Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed the news on Wednesday during a hearing in front of the House Financial Services Committee.
Mnuchin told Rep. Ayanna Pressley that the reasoning behind this delay was fear of “counterfeiting.”
“The primary reason we have looked at redesigning the currency is for counterfeiting issues,” he claimed, adding, “based upon this, the $20 bill will now not come out until 2028. The $10 bill and the $50 bill will come out with new features beforehand.”
Oh…so ya’ll concerned about fake dollars floating around the country? That’s what this is about?
NBC News reported that the unveiling of Tubman’s bill next year was supposed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
So when can we expect to see our idol immortalized on our currency? Apparently no time soon. Mnuchin said that the design process has been halted and no new imagery will be unveiled until 2028, which is way after Trump and his administration will be long gone.
Of course folks on Twitter had a lot to say about this. Take a look:
Haters Gonna Hate! Trump’s Treasury Secretary Delays The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
Harriet Tubman belongs on the $20. Not moving forward is an insult not just to the African American community, but to all Americans who believe we should honor an American who contributed so greatly to the nation’s history. https://t.co/stB3Z2Ust1— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) May 16, 2019
The white supremacists running this country are not about to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill to have y'all contemplating racism and resistance every time y'all go to the ATM. Y'all gonna get that good ol' agent of genocide Andrew Jackson— usa is a failed state (@BreeNewsome) May 22, 2019
The new Harriet Tubman $20 bill was supposed to be released next year, but the Trump administration is postponing it until 2028, which means it ain’t happening. https://t.co/jLFSFHkNTv— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 22, 2019
Harriet Tubman is way too good to be on US currency. She's always better than dirty money. https://t.co/x4NKWDfNIk— William C. (@williamcson) May 22, 2019
I hate to be a conspiracy theorist but i just don’t believe that the delay in replacing ANDREW JACKSON with HARRIET TUBMAN on the 20 is about counterfeiting— Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) May 22, 2019
They're out here trying to erase Harriet Tubman but fighting for Robert E Lee statues. We see you.— Wajahat "Openly Brown" Ali (@WajahatAli) May 22, 2019
These racist fucks https://t.co/fZm9kS3bxe— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) May 22, 2019
Harriet Tubman may not be appearing on printed US currency yet, but that won't stop me from printing her image on other items. pic.twitter.com/MjAbr5oXDQ— ZaronRangerX (@zaronrangerx) May 22, 2019
I think I speak for us all when I say: Fuck that guy. He’s not fit to speak Harriet Tubman’s name. 🤯 https://t.co/xHeqSFT1Xl— Gwenda Bond 😈 (@Gwenda) May 22, 2019
Suddenly counterfeit money is an issue the moment a black woman is scheduled to appear on our money?https://t.co/0A2hMsq6We— Scott Nevins (@ScottNevins) May 22, 2019
What's telling here is Mnuchin doesn’t even really feel the need to come up with a plausible excuse, it’s just a given that this administration is too racist to do it and that’s that. https://t.co/aTDJea95fV— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 22, 2019
The Harriet Tubman $20 bill will be delayed until 2028 wow— 🌻 (@MARIwhatsnext) May 22, 2019