Donald Trump attempts political satire in Thanksgiving turkey pardon

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The poultry pair's journey to Washington was a veritable gravy train.

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. Those turkeys hatched in July, and only Peas and Carrots made it to the final round.

This year's candidates: Peas and Carrots. Since then, the fluffy duo has developed a social media presence, knowing the importance of appealing to the baste.

Upon their arrival, the duo rested up for their big day blocks away from the White House at the luxe Willard Hotel. Carrots is more of an Elvis fan, preferring to snack on M&Ms. As reporters were waiting to be escorted into the event, the White House issued a remarkable statement - which bore Trump's fingerprints - siding with senior Saudi leaders over his own intelligence agencies about the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Unfortunately, "Carrots" refused to concede and demanded a recount", the invited guests laughed. "Too bad for Carrots".

President Trump pardoned his second turkey, a 39-pound white wonder named Peas.

Ahead of Tuesday's pardon, the White House put out a poll to let the public choose which turkey would get the official pardon.

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"It won't be entirely a rest".

"Carrots, I'm sorry to tell you the result did not change", Trump added. Ronald Reagan was the first to use the term pardon when he was talking turkey in 1987. Lincoln's young son Tad named the turkey Jack, adopted it as a pet and begged his father to spare the bird.

The White House held an online contest to determine which bird should be pardoned. Carrying this turkey was a General Motors truck that set a record for truck travel going nonstop from Chicago to the White House in 37 hours and 34 minutes.

The turkeys are given special attention and are raised in a separate environment as they are part of the "Presidential Flock".

Two turkeys were chosen for the pardoning by a poll taken across the USA - the poll lead to a dead tie, split down the middle of who would receive the pardon. Reagan gestured at Charlie the turkey and quipped, "Maybe I'll pardon him".

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