Watch: Ben Carson Wants Harriet Tubman on the $2 Bill, Befuddling Even Fox News

In a desperate effort to remain relevant, Ben Carson became one of the new $20 bill's first haters, baffling nearly everyone.
Carson told Fox Business Network he’s not “anti-Harriet Tubman” but believes “we can find another way to honor her... maybe a $2 bill.”
In fact, the scene was so bizarre, Fox thought it deserved another segment. So last night, Megyn Kelly took a stab at questioning Carson’s strange statements.
“The 2? Nobody uses the 2. What?” Megyn Kelly, host of The Kelly File, asked Ben Carson. Carson wasn’t budging.
“The point being we have lots of options here. We can have a $200 bill, but, you know, Andrew Jackson was the last president who actually eliminated the national debt. That's no small feature,” Carson told her.
“But he had slaves,” Kelly reminded him. Carson ignored her. 
“We also had the possibility of putting one person on the front of the bill and one on the back of the bill,” Carson said.
“That's what's happening,” Kelly told him. “He's moving to the back. She's moving to the front.”
But that didn’t seem to matter much to Carson.
“It doesn't matter who's on the front or who's on the back, but the point being, that would be very symbolic, because, you know, Harriet Tubman was a slave herself. Andrew Jackson was a slaveowner. And to give them equality like that, I think would be a great symbol,” Carson claimed.
Huh?
“You know, Greta was suggesting earlier we should create a new bill,” Kelly mentioned. “Why don't we have a $25 bill? Everybody wins. What do you think of that?”
Carson could get on board with that. “That's a good possibility, too,” he said. “We have lots of possibilities, all kinds of things we can do. But you know, as you can imagine, there will come a time when we won't have currency at all. I don't think it's all that far into the future.” 
So why fight so hard to keep Jackson on? Especially since Carson claims, “It doesn’t really matter what you do, someone’s going to get offended.”
Watch the full segment below:

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