Nothing says “I survived a global coronavirus pandemic that killed hundreds of thousands” like a nifty coin with U.S. President Donald Trump‘s name and tweets emblazoned on it.
The White House gift shop unveiled its contribution to the fight against COVID-19 on Wednesday, with a new commemorative coin that presents the pandemic in the war-like terms that Trump often uses on Twitter and in press conferences.
“World vs. Virus,” says the message on one side of the coin, along with several phrases written in Trump-style capital letters.
“Together We FOUGHT the UNSEEN Enemy,” the text on the coin says. “Everyday HEROES suited up.”
The coin shows an image of the world map with a big, colourful coronavirus hovering in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The flip side of the coin shows the White House press briefing room where Trump has made some of his more memorable contributions to the fight. Those contributions have included pushing unproven drug treatments, predicting that the virus will disappear in warm weather and wondering if humans can be cured by injecting disinfectant into their bodies.
One ring around the image features the names of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Another ring includes names from Trump’s coronavirus task force, including Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Anthony Fauci, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Williams and, for some reason, Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin. The coin does not include the name of Alex Azar, Trump’s health secretary.
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The coins are part of a series that commemorates some of Trump’s big moments in office. Other coins pay tribute to moments such as his meetings with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The “LIMITED EDITION COIN COINS,” as the gift shop calls them, will be shipped on June 15.
More than 58,000 Americans have already died to date, eclipsing the country’s death toll from the Vietnam War. Health experts have not supported Trump’s wishful thinking about the virus disappearing in the warm weather, and they’ve frequently warned that the world could face a “second wave” in the fall.
Nevertheless, the coins are being sold to commemorate this “historical” moment this summer, the White House gift shop says.