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GOP Senator Wants Andrew Jackson Taken Off The $20 Bill, Citing His "Checkered History"

"He was a rugged mountain man to say the least, but he was also the one that relocated Native American tribes out of all of the southeast part of the United States and did forcible removal and tens of thousands of Native Americans died on the Trail of Tears and other things."

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Republican Sen. James Lankford says Andrew Jackson, not Alexander Hamilton, should be the target of the U.S. Department of Treasury if they choose to put a woman on a bill.

The department announced plans earlier last year to put a woman on the $10 bill, but announced in December they would delay the decision on who it would be until sometime this year.

"Well, my better idea is if you are going to replace somebody off of one of the bills —which I have no problem with a lady being on one of the bills — that you would replace the 20," the Oklahoma senator told Kilmeade and Friends this week. "Andrew Jackson has a pretty checkered history."

"He was a rugged mountain man to say the least, but he was also the one that relocated Native American tribes out of all of the southeast part of the United States and did forcible removal and tens of thousands of Native Americans died on the Trail of Tears and other things," he continued. "So if we are going to remove someone, which I have no problem with doing, then let's do the 20 not the 10, the very first Treasury of the Secretary, Alexander Hamilton."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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