One of the many burdens placed upon us by the Trump presidency is our collective inability to forget, even for a moment, that he is president. But in case you do, the Trump White House is making coins, known as “challenge coins,” to commemorate these terrible times. One of them features Mar-a-Lago, the New York Times reports.
“Challenge coins” have been around since the Clinton presidency, the Times reports, but Trump has really made them his own—that is to say, gaudier, stupider, and more ethically questionable, as we’ve seen with the gorgeous tribute to fragile masculinity that was the Trump-Kim Jong Un coin. From the Times:
Among those produced in recent months by members of a White House military unit is a coin featuring Mr. Trump’s private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago, on the front, and the presidential seal, the White House and Air Force One on the back. Another has Pope Francis on one side and the president’s face set against the White House on the other.
One such design, which was approved by Mr. Trump and paid for by the Republican National Committee, is thicker, wider and more gold than those of preceding presidents, and bears his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” as well as his name — emblazoned three times. Missing was a traditional staple of presidential challenge coins: the presidential seal with the national motto, E pluribus unum, or “Out of many, one.”
It remains to be seen whether we’ll get coins featuring the president forcibly separating toddlers from their parents or throwing Starbursts at German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Times reports that after the paper started asking questions, plans for a coin featuring Trump Tower and Trump National Golf Club were “abruptly” scuttled. A tragedy! How will they ever achieve public recognition?