Trump Pardons Turkeys at 71st National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation

Frederick Owens
November 21, 2018

"I've never seen such a handsome turkey", Trump said, as Peas was honored with the title of the "National Thanksgiving Turkey". Both were raised on a farm near Huron, South Dakota. Both Trump and first lady Melania Trump participated in the ceremony in the Rose Garden.

One of the two turkeys will be selected via an online White House poll to become this year's National Thanksgiving Turkey. "Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede".

"The victor of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website", Trump said of the two turkeys, Peas and Carrots.

The White House released a statement regarding Peas' and Carrots' upbringing.

And despite the pardons, he said, they shouldn't relax.

Long gone are Barack Obama's presidential dad jokes that drove his two daughters to sit out his last two turkey pardoning ceremonies, replaced by talk of investigations, subpoenas and federal court actions. According to a dispatch filed by White House reporter Noah Brooks in 1865, a live turkey intended for the Lincoln family's Christmas dinner was spared after Lincoln's son Tad "interceded in behalf of its life". Sometimes these turkeys arrived "in elaborate crates and costumes", White House officials said in the statement.

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President Donald Trump attended the annual pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey on November 20, 2018, alongside First Lady Melania Trump.

President Ronald Reagan formalized the practice of "retiring" donated Thanksgiving turkeys to a farm, in 1981.

The first pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey began back in 1947 and has continued throughout every presidency in the White House.

Pardoning the turkeys didn't catch on right away.

President @realDonaldTrump, joined by @FLOTUS, has officially pardoned this year's National Thanksgiving Turkey, Peas-and his alternate, Carrots!

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