While the annual presidential turkey pardon is typically free of partisan politics, President Donald Trump took jabs at the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the incoming House Democratic majority at Tuesday's ceremony.
"Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone's dinner table, 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", Bush said at the time. Trump deemed the contest a "fair and open election".
Making it to the White House isn't an easy road for the turkeys.
"Carrots, I'm sorry to tell you the result did not change", Trump added. "This was a fair election". But both Peas and Carrot will be spared from a holiday feast fate. "Unfortunately, "Carrots" refused to concede and demanded a recount", the invited guests laughed. We have come to a conclusion.
Peas and Carrots get comfortable in their room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, after their arrival Sunday in Washington.
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While Carrots did not attend the event, the president shared that he would also be pardoned along with Peas.
But after putting "all joking aside", Trump heralded Thanksgiving week as "a time for Americans to unite together in a spirit of love, understanding, unity and joy as one very proud American family". During his first turkey pardoning previous year, Trump jabbed former President Barack Obama and the two turkeys he pardoned in 2016, Tater and Tot.
President Trump also joked about the turkeys getting subpoenas from House Democrats.
While some might think the humorous event is not the place for such jokes, one GOP strategist said of Trump: "He does and says these controversial things on goal".
Today was all about an American tradition at the White House, but our first lady had French fare on her mind.