Portrait of Andrew Jackson Goes Up in the White House


Barack Obama’s Treasury Department took Andrew Jackson off the twenty dollar bill and replaced him with Harriett Tubman.  Today Donald Trump hung Andrew Jackson’s portrait in the White House.

Here is a taste of a piece at The Hill:

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.

Read the entire piece here.

Here are a few of my previous pieces on the Trump-Jackson comparison:

Op-ed from March 2016 in Harrisburg Patriot-News:  How Thomas Jefferson Predicted Donald Trump.

Blog post: Trump, Jackson, Native Americans, and a Pipeline


One thought on “Portrait of Andrew Jackson Goes Up in the White House

  1. I see the Trump administration as being less similar to Andrew Jackson’s presidency than to the promise of a George Wallace Presidency. Trump’s campaign, at least, was Wallace-like, with its identification of the “enemies at the gate” and promise to undo civil rights and New Deal legislation. Just because Trump is a wealthy man playing off the resentments of white men does not make him similar to Jackson. That Bannon makes such a shallow, ahistorical comparison is of no surprise.


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