WH Site Crashes in Rush to Buy Newly Minted Coin Commemorating Trump’s Epic NK Fail
Trump is exploiting the north korea debacle
The online White House Gift Shop servers are currently down following a report that there would be a discount on a certain Trump-related item.
Back in May 22, 2018, the White House released a promotional coin for purchase that would commemorate the then-upcoming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. The coin featured the two world leaders facing each other with their country’s respective flags in the background, followed by two concentric circles engraved with their names and country of origin respectively.
While such “challenge coins” are frequently minted, this one came under particularly scrutiny from political experts for not only acknowledging Jong-un’s position, but placing him on equal footing with the President of the United States. Korean studies professor Robert E. Kelly, for example, slammed the item for being “gross” and “un-American:”
Are you kidding me?! This is just gross. Whose personality cult exactly is this summit legitimizing? This is un-American. Can’t imagine what Fox would say if any other POTUS did this. Wow. Just wow. https://t.co/rn79W4RWO9 via @voxdotcom
— Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) May 22, 2018
In addition to this, Vox’s Zack Beauchamp pointed out that it was wrong to merchandise a historic event that had not even taken place yet. And with the revelation Thursday, May 24, that Trump cancelled the meeting, it appears that Beauchamp’s warnings were spot-on.
The reasons for the cancellation were dictated in a letter that Trump reportedly penned himself, where he criticized Jong-un for his recent display of “tremendous anger” and “open hostility.” Trump also had the audacity to use the U.S’s nuclear arsenal as part of a pissing contest, saying “you talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
While officials from both the U.S. and South Korea have lamented the decision, there is a literal silver lining to this and that is that the public can still purchase the challenge coins, albeit at a discount. The White House Gift Shop issued a statement on the matter, disclosing that while refunds were available, they sincerely doubted supporters would request one due to them wanting “this heirloom of political history.”
Disclaimer, on White House Gift Shop website, for those who ordered $24.95 Trump-Kim summit coins. pic.twitter.com/zlrfFUJINX
— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) May 24, 2018
In the end, Trump got something out of the meeting, regardless of it even happening. As stated before, at the time of this article’s publication, the White House Gift Shop website is down presumably from the online traffic, proving that a sucker really is born every minute.
On the plus side, the challenge coin has become an unintentional symbol of this political blunder on President Trump’s part.
Image a screen capture from Don Moynihan’s Twitter Account
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