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Donald Trump Says Harriet Tubman Face Belongs on Foodstamps

A fake news article reported that Donald Trump said abolitionist Harriet Tubman's likeness belongs on food stamps, not the $20 bill.

Published Aug 19, 2016

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Claim:
Donald Trump said that Harriet Tubman's face belongs on food stamps, not the $20 bill.

On 18 August 2016, the web site TMZHipHop.com published an article reporting that Donald Trump had said abolitionist Harriet Tubman's face belongs on "a food stamp card" (i.e., an EBT card) and not the $20 bill:

"It's the white thing to do."

Said Donald Trump who believes Harriet Tubman face is more deserving of a EBT card than a twenty dollar bill.

Donald Trump posted to his Facebook page that he believes Harriet Tubman’s face belongs on a food stamp card and America needs to stop punking out to the pressure of minorities and groups.

There is no truth to this report.

This fabricated story originally circulated online in May 2016, shortly after it was announced that Harriet Tubman would replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The news sparked a series of rumors and hoaxes, including the above-quoted story about Donald Trump. 

TMZHipHop.com is a fake news web site that is not affiliated with the real TMZ entertainment news and gossip site. Although there is no disclaimer on TMZHipHop.com identifying its content as fiction, TMZHipHop.com shares a Facebook page with Celebriticity, a web site operating under the motto that "people don't want to be informed, they want to be entertained."

While Trump, 2016 the Republican presidential nominee, did speak out against the decision to update the U.S. $20 bill, suggesting that Tubman get placed on the $2 bill instead, he didn't declare that the famous abolitionist's likeness should be placed on EBT cards:

"I think Harriet Tubman is fantastic," Trump said in an interview on NBC's Today Show. "I would love to — I would love to leave Andrew Jackson [on the $20 bill] and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill."

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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