January 26, 2017
“On one side, an Indian Chief, hanging to a gibbet, his tomahawk, scalping-knife and horn, on the ground. On the other side, a Jew, suspended in like manner, and a banknote of five dollars lying in the same manner, as the murderous but less destructive instrument of the savage.”
Andrew Jackson was the first and only other candidate in our nation’s history to take on a corrupt establishment and win, in the name of the people.
He was also a hardcore shitlord and white supremacist extremist who took down the bank.
It is fitting he should be honored thusly.
President Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office on Tuesday, The New York Times reports, an apparent nod to the populist sentiments of the new administration.
Trump’s rise has often been compared to the populist election of Jackson, including by some of the new president’s own team.
Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon called Trump’s inauguration speech on Friday “Jacksonian,” saying it struck the populist and patriotic tones Jackson was known for.
Trump has also expressed admiration for the seventh president, as well, calling Jackson “an amazing figure in American history — very unique so many ways,” through a spokesperson last week.
Jackson’s legacy is also rife with controversy. He signed the Indian Removal Act of 1930, paving the way for what is now known as the “Trail of Tears” shortly after his presidency ended, in which the Cherokee Nation was removed from its lands east of the Mississippi in the massive forced migration.
We are in serious need of some more trails of tears just about now, friends.
And it’s look like Trump may well deliver them in spades.
What’s more: I’ve got a feeling Jackson is staying on the $20 bill.
(Here’s a nifty pdf copy of the above image, which you can easily print off and post at your favorite high school, university or coffee shop).