After introducing an amendment to block the Treasury Department from putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, congressman, birther and Ted Cruz understudy Steve King offered a characteristically King-ian explanation on Tuesday, slamming efforts to include women and people of color on American currency as “sexist” and “racist.”
According to Politico, King said that passage of the amendment was crucial, as President Obama is “going to do everything he can think of to upset this society and this civilization,” presumably including putting ladies on money:
The conservative gadfly said it is “racist” and “sexist” to say a woman or person of color should be added to currency. “Here’s what’s really happening: This is liberal activism on the part of the president that’s trying to identify people by categories, and he’s divided us on the lines of groups. ... This is a divisive proposal on the part of the president, and mine’s unifying. It says just don’t change anything.”
Tuesday evening, the Rules Committee blocked the amendment from floor consideration.