WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned two turkeys at the White House on Tuesday, his second time participating in the annual tradition.
The president, joined by first lady Melania Trump, issued this year’s pardon to Peas, a 40-pound bird from South Dakota, and his alternate Carrots. The winner and the alternate were decided in an online poll.
“The winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website,” Trump said at the ceremony in the White House rose garden. Trump has recently made unfounded allegations that severe voter fraud impacted the results of the 2018 midterm elections.
“Unfortunately Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount,” Trump continued. “And we’re still fighting with Carrots.”
I can’t tell you enough how much I hate this tradition. It would be far more appropriate, and interesting, if the president would kill, butcher, and cook the turkey for his family like a red-blooded American.