The Trump/Kim Jong-un coin is terrible design–and worse politics

The White House is really excited by the impending meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un in June. So excited, in fact, that the White House Communications Agency has done the most logical thing it could do to celebrate: issued a gaudy commemorative coin, emblazoned with Trump’s and Kim’s faces.

The coin has arrived a little early, since Trump himself is not actually certain that the meeting will take place (“we’ll see what happens,” the President said on Tuesday). Yet there’s already a big problem: the coin’s design.

There’s now a White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.” pic.twitter.com/tFAmE813Y1

Whatever designer was gang-pressed into creating it decided to refer to Kim as “Supreme Leader”–essentially turning the coin into White House-approved North Korean propaganda while ignoring the fact that Kim’s regime is considered one of the most repressive in the world, committing egregious human rights violations like forced labor camps…

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