The two turkey finalists — Peas and Carrots — will both live out the rest of their days at Virginia Tech’s Gobbler’s Rest exhibit following Tuesday’s pardoning. They also represent “the very first national Thanksgiving turkeys from the very great state of South Dakota,” the president noted.
“Thanksgiving is a time of great American traditions, and today we continue a very special one when a lucky turkey gets a presidential pardon. That turkey is so lucky. I’ve never seen such a beautiful turkey,” Trump said.
“The winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website. This was a fair election,” Trump said.
“Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we’re still fighting with Carrots. And I will tell you we’ve come to a conclusion.”
“Carrots, I’m sorry to tell you the result did not change,” Trump added.
Although both Peas and Carrots have been spared from Thanksgiving dinner tables and were granted peace and rest, the president warned that “it 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,” Trump joked, alluding to the divided Congress that has resulted from the midterm elections, with Democrats reclaiming control of the House and Republicans maintaining the Senate majority.- READ MORE