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President
Trump pardoned a turkey named “Peas” at the National Thanksgiving
Turkey Presentation on Tuesday.

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Millis/Reuters


  • President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named “Peas” during
    the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation on Tuesday.
  • Peas beat out another turkey named “Carrots” to receive the
    official pardon. Trump joked that the vote was a “fair and open
    election” but Carrots “refused to concede and demanded a
    recount.”
  • While both turkeys will be spared slaughtering, Trump said he
    warned them that even with his pardon, “House Democrats are
    likely to issue them both a subpoena.”

President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named “Peas” on Tuesday,
after joking that the back-up bird, “Carrots,” had “demanded a
recount.”

The president appeared to stick to the script during his brief
speech during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation on
Tuesday, in which he made multiple jokes about the recent midterm
elections and his pardoning of controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Peas became the official pardoned turkey after winning an
online poll on the
White House website,
which Trump described as “a fair and
open election.”


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First lady Melania Trump
stood by her husband during the speech.

Lean Millis/Reuters

“Unfortunately Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount,
and we’re still fighting with Carrots,” Trump said, referencing
the contentious recounts that took place in Florida and Georgia
after close midterm elections in those states.

Trump went on to point out that both birds will get to spend the
rest of their lives at “Gobbler’s Rest” the official home for
presidential turkey pardons at Virginia Tech University.

However, he joked that even with his pardon, he’s warned the two
birds “that House Democrats are likely to issue them both a
subpoena.”


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Trump joked that Peas had
won the pardon in a “fair and open election.”

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

“Unfortunately I can’t guarantee that your pardons won’t be
enjoined bythe 9th Circuit,” Trump added.

This appears to be a reference of his pardon of former Maricopa
County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of
flouting a court order and continuing to carry out a racial
profiling policy.

After receiving his pardon, Arpaio tried to get the conviction
vacated, but the 9th Circuit Court pointed out that the pardon
only saves him from punishment for the crime — it doesn’t mean
the conviction is no longer valid.ivanka trump jared kushner children turkey pardon.JPGTrump’s daughter Ivanka,
her husband Jared and their three children attended the event in
the first row.
Jonathan
Ernst/Reuters

Trump finished his speech by saying that Thanksgiving is a time
“to unite together in the spirit of love, understanding, unity
and joy as one very proud American family.”

Trump’s own family members were in attendance. Wife Melania stood
by his side during the speech and pardoning, while his daughter
Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, and their three children sat
in the front row.

Ivanka, who works as an assistant to her father in the White
House, came under fire on Monday
when it was revealed that she used a personal email account to
send hundreds of government-related emails last year.

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