Lisa Friedman and Kenneth P. Vogel, reporting for The New York Times on the latest from the egomaniacal self-aggrandizing branch of the Trump kakistocracy:
When Scott Pruitt wanted to refashion the Environmental Protection
Agency’s “challenge coin” — a type of souvenir medallion with
military origins that has become a status symbol among civilians
— he proposed an unusual design: Make it bigger, and delete the
Mr. Pruitt instead wanted the coin to feature some combination of
symbols more reflective of himself and the Trump administration.
Among the possibilities: a buffalo, to evoke Mr. Pruitt’s native
Oklahoma, and a Bible verse to reflect his faith.
Other ideas included using the Great Seal of the United States —
a design similar to the presidential seal — and putting Mr.
Pruitt’s name around the rim in large letters, according to Ronald
Slotkin, a career E.P.A. employee who retired this year, and two
people familiar with the proposals who asked to remain anonymous
because they said they feared retribution.