Watch: Trump Trolls Democrats with a Jab During Traditional Turkey Pardon


In a show of magnanimity, President Donald Trump pardoned not one, but two turkeys — named “Peas” and “Carrots” — but warned each of them that House Democrats and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals might seek to overturn his action.

Trump made his pronouncement from the White House Rose Garden, noting that the pardoning of a turkey during the holidays is said to have first occurred under President Abraham Lincoln in the 1860s.

Lincoln’s son Tad reputedly became attached to a bird designated for the White House Christmas celebration and begged his father to spare the fowl, and the 16th president acceded to the request.

Peas originally won an online White House poll to decide which turkey would get the pardon this year.

“Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount,” Trump joked in an obvious reference to Democrat candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson in Florida, and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.

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“We’re still fighting with Carrots,” the president added, drawing laughter from those in attendance.

Peas and Carrots, hailing from South Dakota, were part of the presidential flock consisting of 50 turkeys raised under the supervision of the National Turkey Foundation, according to CBS News.

Because Trump decided to pardon both the finalist and runner-up, they will live out their days at Gobbler’s Rest on the campus of Virginia Tech University.

The president added a caveat: “It won’t be entirely a rest. Even though Peas and Carrots have received a presidential pardon, I have warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas.”

He further advised the birds, “Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that the pardons won’t be enjoined by the 9th Circuit. It always happens.”

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The 9th Circuit originally blocked implementation of Trump’s so-called travel ban in 2017, which the Supreme Court went on to overrule.

On Monday, a district court judge from the circuit also stopped implementation of the president’s executive order requiring those seeking asylum to present themselves at a port of entry.

ABC News reported the formal tradition of pardoning a turkey began in 1989 under President George H.W. Bush as animal rights activists protested nearby.

“Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table,” Bush said at the event. “Not this guy — he’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now — and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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