Tuesday, President Trump pardoned two turkeys — Peas and Carrots.
This year, voters selected the turkey to be pardoned via a poll on the White House’s official website.
From USA Today:
Two birds, specifically: Peas and Carrots, who received a kind of “presidential pardon” from President Donald Trump on Tuesday in the Rose Garden.
“That turkey is so lucky. I’ve never seen such a beautiful turkey,” Trump said.
Joined by first lady Melania, Trump said although both turkeys were being pardoned, Peas was declared the winner of a White House poll that asked Americans to pick which turkey should be pardoned. Trump deemed the contest a “fair and open election.”
“Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we’re still fighting with Carrots,” he said. “I will tell you we’ve come to a conclusion. Carrots, I’m sorry to tell you the result did not change.”
Peas and Carrots are the first presidential turkeys to come from South Dakota. Before their big day at the White House, the birds enjoyed special accommodations, including a stay at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel and a “spa day.” One of the birds also made an appearance in the press briefing room before his pardon, where he took a turn at the podium.
Whichever turkey it was did not answer when asked by one reporter if the bird had “promised anything in exchange for your pardon.”
After their time in the spotlight, the president said Peas and Carrots will live out their days at the nearby Virginia Tech’s “Gobbler’s Rest.” They join last year’s birds, Drumstick and Wishbone, who both received a pardon.
However, Trump said the turkeys’ retirement “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 said.
He added that he couldn’t promise the turkeys their pardons “won’t be enjoined by the Ninth Circuit (Court of Appeals).”
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