Trump Grants Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
November 20, 2018US News
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The annual turkey pardoning ceremony is underway, and President Donald Trump has given Peas a full pardon.

Peas, part of the duo consisting of “Peas” and “Carrot,” arrived in Washington on Nov. 19, in preparation for the pardoning ceremony, spending their time in a Washington hotel.

It was decided that the pardon was going to be given to one of the two turkeys, and voters decided on which turkey the president was going to pardon.

During the announcement, the president announced, jokingly, that “Peas” had won fair and square, but “Carrot” refused to accept the results, and insisted on a recount, which alluded to the recount demands following this month’s midterm elections.

“The winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website. This was a fair election. Unfortunately, carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we’re still fighting with carrots. And I will tell you we have come to a conclusion. Carrots, I’m sorry to tell you the result did not change,” said President Trump.

However, jokes aside, the two turkeys will live out their lives on a farm in Virginia instead of becoming the main pieces of a Thanksgiving feast.

Before the pardoning ceremony, President Trump and his wife, Melania Trump had delivered a message, wishing all Americans a very happy Thanksgiving.

“This is a time for Americans to unite together in a spirit of love, understanding, unity, and joy as one very proud American family. Our nation is doing well,” said President Trump.

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