Someone on Fox News saying something ridiculous or talking about an important event in our country while proving they have no idea what it is they’re talking about is nothing new. You could call it somewhat of a “Fox News tradition,” if you will. Then again, when you’re pandering to a mostly Republican audience, facts aren’t really all that important.
Well, on Monday night Samantha Bee absolutely destroyed Brian Kilmeade’s ignorance about U.S. history after the Fox News host expressed outrage over Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill.
After playing a clip of Kilmeade seemingly suggesting that Jackson was a vital member of the founding of this nation, calling him a “key member of America,” Bee addressed a few facts that the Fox News host seemed to be forgetting in his praise of the former president.
“Hate to break it to you, Sparky,” Bee quipped. “Jackson wasn’t involved in the founding of our country, because the Revolutionary War happened before Old Hickory’s pubes came in. He was not a Founding Father, he was a genocidal pr*ck who forced the relocation of nonwhites and fomented populist rebellion. Kind of like a Trump with better hair.”
She then blasted Kilmeade’s hypocrisy by playing comments he had made previously where he spoke positively about Ronald Reagan potentially replacing Ulysses S. Grant on the $50 bill.
Amazing, isn’t it? He’s outraged that an African-American female is going to replace a white male on the $20 – yet he didn’t seem to have any issues with a white male replacing another white male.
It’s “funny” how that works.
Next she played interviews with several people who suggested creating a whole new currency denomination to honor Tubman, with suggestions of putting her on a $6 or $12 bill instead of the $20.
“That would be something,” Bee mocked. “Make the black person worth exactly 3/5 of the white person’s value. Gee, why hasn’t anybody ever thought of that before?”
While it was expected, the “outrage” over this whole thing has been, well – stupid.
The truth is, this has nothing to do with taking Andrew Jackson off the $20 and everything to do with the fact that he’s being replaced by an African-American female. I’m willing to bet that, aside from knowing he was a former president, most people who are “outraged” about Jackson being removed from the front of the $20 probably don’t know much (if anything) about him. It wouldn’t even surprise me if most of them had no idea who was on the $20 before this became a story.
So these people can choose to continue to throw a fit about something that has absolutely no impact on their life if they want – that’s fine. At the end of the day, it’s not going to matter one bit. In a few years an American hero, Harriet Tubman, is going to make history once again by being the first African-American female to be featured on American currency.
And there’s nothing those who ignorantly oppose this move can do about it.
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