Trump pardons two more turkeys, Peas and Carrots

WASHINGTON — President Trump made light of the contentious recent elections as he conducted the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon in the White House’s Rose Garden on Tuesday. The online vote to choose which of two South Dakota-bred turkeys — Peas or Carrots —, would join Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, right-wing polemicist Dinesh D’Souza, and last year’s winners, Drumstick and Wishbone, as beneficiaries of a Trump pardon was untainted by fraud, the president said.

But he also chose to disregard the outcome, which was a victory by Peas, and gave pardons to both.

“The winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website,” Trump said. “This was a fair election.”

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A live turkey is brought into the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room before the media at the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The pardoning ceremony, to happen later, will mark its 71st year since it first took place in 1947. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the 71st presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
One of the National Thanksgiving Turkeys is presented to members of the press in the Briefing Room before U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the 71st national turkey pardoning at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump arrives prior to U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the 71st presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the White House Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump during the 71st presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
White House senior advisor Ivanka Trump arrives with her children Theodore, Arabella and Joseph Kushner prior to the 71st presentation and pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkeys in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
President Donald Trump pardons "Peas", during a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Two turkeys from South Dakota get comfortable in their room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, after their arrival Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Washington. The turkeys will be named and pardoned by President Donald Trump during a ceremony at the White House ahead of Thanksgiving. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump, applauds after pardoning Drumstick, the National Thanksgiving Turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This is the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump pets "Peas" one the National Thanksgiving Turkeys, after pardoning it in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Trump’s remarks on the fairness of the poultry poll drew laughs because he has, without evidence, suggested U.S. races are plagued by “illegal votes” in the wake of the midterm elections that saw Democrats make substantial gains in the House of Representatives. Midterm campaigns in Florida and Georgia ended in contentious recounts and legal disputes, which Trump also joked about.

“Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we’re still fighting with Carrots,” said Trump. “I will tell you we’ve come to a conclusion. Carrots, I’m sorry to tell you the result did not change. That’s too bad for Carrots.”

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In the end, Trump said both turkeys would get to “live out their days” in a sanctuary on the campus of Virginia Tech. However, he teasingly hinted something might interrupt their respite — the wave of investigations Democrats are expected to launch against the Trump administration now that they’ve taken control of the House.

“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.

With shouts from protests taking place outside the White House faintly audible in the background, Trump also used the occasion to offer sympathy to those affected by the wildfires in California and a message for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“All joking aside, this is a time for Americans to unite together in the spirit of love und unity and joy as one very proud American family. Our nation is doing well,” Trump said.

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