Trump Holds Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon Ceremony, Featuring Corn (No Sign of Cob)

Paola Ditto
Novembre 28, 2020

Trump pardoned this year's candidates "Corn" and "Cob" at the White House on Tuesday.

The turkeys were raised by the National Turkey Foundation's (NTF) chairman and Iowa turkey farmer Ron Kardel. He did not reference the recent surge in confirmed Covid-19 cases in many parts of the country. The president has largely remained out of public view since his election defeat, not taking a single question from reporters in the three weeks since and has instead fired off angry missives on Twitter falsely claiming he won the election.

CNN's Andrew Kaczynski unearthed a clip of Trump's presidential turkey pardon ceremony in 2018 on Monday, and given how the president has handled losing to Biden, his comments about Carrots wanting a recount feel a bit different than they probably did two years ago.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the turkey pardoning at the White House.

The President did not respond. But he will be watched closely for any hints about more serious pardoning plans ahead of handing over to Biden on January 20.

At some point between now and his last day in office, Trump is expected to expand his previous focus on pardons for people given harsh prison sentences for relatively minor drug crimes as far back as in the 1990s. The House would go on to approve two articles of impeachment the next month and the Senate would subsequently vote to acquit him.

Among the notable figures that the Republican has publicly suggested he is considering pardoning are fugitive intelligence services whistleblower Edward Snowden, the reality TV star "Tiger King" Joe Exotic, and former aides snared in Robert Mueller's probe into contacts between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign. But I will tell you, we've come to a conclusion. The scenario he described bears a striking resemblance to the one he faces today. "Unfortunately Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount and we're still fighting with Carrots", Trump said. Carrots. I'm sorry to tell you, the result did not change. "It's too bad for Carrots", the president joked.

The practice of sending a turkey to a farm became the norm under President Ronald Reagan.

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