Secret Service members are reportedly exchanging challenge coins that take a jab at the ongoing partial government shutdown now in its 33rd day.
CNN’s Jake Tapper shared an image of the coins to Twitter on Wednesday, saying that they are being distributed among personnel and their families.
Tapper writes: “Photos of special challenge coins being distributed among Secret Service personnel and their families, expressing frustration at the requirement they work without pay because of the government shutdown.”
The image shows one side of the coin that features an image of the star-shaped Secret Service emblem with a red “no” symbol reading “Shut Happens.” Text running around the coin’s border reads “United States Secret Service” and “Essential Personnel.”
The coin’s other side features an image of the Capitol building overlaid with a graphic of an illuminated neon sign reading “CLOSED.” The text on the border of that side reads: “Don’t worry, you’ll get backpay” and features an image of a baby pacifier, an apparent jab at the president’s temperament.
Photos of special challenge coins being distributed among Secret Service personnel and their families, expressing frustration at the requirement they work without pay because of the government shutdown pic.twitter.com/0Toz1zpiIV
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 23, 2019
The Hill notes:
Secret Service personnel are among the estimated 800,000 federal workers either furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown, which has now lasted for over a month. President Trump signed a bill earlier this month guaranteeing that furloughed workers will receive backpay. That bill does not cover federal contractors, though lawmakers have been working to secure backpay for them as well.
The coins mimic those that are exchanged by members of the military, as well as other government agencies. Trump, like past presidents, has a commemorative presidential coin, though his reads “Make America Great Again” instead of the national motto, “E pluribus unum.”