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Politics Trump pardons turkey as he ignores election defeat

02:25  25 november  2020
02:25  25 november  2020 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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While President Donald Trump continues to resist the American tradition of conceding his election defeat , he took part in another time-honored tradition Tuesday: Pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey . He has also largely ignored the coronavirus pandemic raging across the country, holding

Trump ignores questions after pardoning Corn the turkey – video. Appearing with first lady Melania Trump in front of the White House, the president made brief remarks thanking healthcare workers and researchers working on a Covid-19 vaccine, and the US armed services who he said put ‘America first’.

While President Donald Trump continues to resist the American tradition of conceding his election defeat, he took part in another time-honored tradition Tuesday: Pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump standing in front of a wedding cake: President Donald Trump pardons Corn, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 24, 2020, in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump and National Turkey Federation Chairman Ron Kardel of Walcott, Iowa, look on. © Susan Walsh/AP President Donald Trump pardons Corn, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 24, 2020, in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump and National Turkey Federation Chairman Ron Kardel of Walcott, Iowa, look on.

The annual event typically serves as a light-hearted reprieve from the partisan rancor of Washington, with the president delivering remarks stuffed with bad puns and concluding with a playful pardon of a turkey.

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The official turkey pardoning ceremony will be the president's first public event in days. The White House turkey pardon on Tuesday is likely to garner attention as all eyes will be on President Donald In a pair of tweets, Trump took credit for Murphy's decision, saying he greenlit the transition because

U.S. President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey whom he said had lost a "fair and open election " but "refused to concede." Joined by first lady Melania, Trump said although both turkeys were being pardoned , Peas was declared the winner of a White House poll that asked Americans to pick which

This year, the atmosphere surrounding Tuesday's pardon was notably more subdued. The president has largely remained out of public view since his election defeat, not taking a single question from reporters in the three weeks since and has instead fired off angry missives on Twitter falsely claiming he won the election.

He has also largely ignored the coronavirus pandemic raging across the country, holding one event touting progress with vaccines while failing to acknowledge the U.S. COVID-19 death toll passing 250,000.

The president again ignored reporters' questions at Tuesday's event about whether he will concede, whether he plans to make another White House run in 2024 and if he plans to pardon himself. Earlier in the day, the president made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room, where he delivered remarks for just over a minute to tout the stock market and vaccine progress before promptly departing without taking questions.

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President Trump on Tuesday granted a traditional pre-Thanksgiving " pardon " to a turkey named Corn — though a friend named Cob also will be spared Trump on Monday authorized the beginning of a formal transition to President- elect Joe Biden and he alluded in the Rose Garden to his approaching

a bird sitting on top of a bed: The National Thanksgiving Turkey Butter stands before the start of an event where President Donald Trump gave him a presidential pardon in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 26, 2019 © Drew Angerer/Getty Images, FILE The National Thanksgiving Turkey Butter stands before the start of an event where President Donald Trump gave him a presidential pardon in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 26, 2019

In the first major sign of the president accepting the reality of his defeat, the Trump administration on Monday formally recognized the Biden transition, freeing up government resources and outgoing and incoming teams to coordinate. The president subsequently tweeted that the cooperation did not amount to a concession.

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Despite the president's relatively quiet public presence since the election -- most days, he has had nothing on his public schedule, and he has spent his weekends golfing -- he made an exception for the annual turkey-pardoning tradition.

Donald Trump, Melania Trump are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump pardons Corn, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 24, 2020, in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump and National Turkey Federation Chairman Ron Kardel of Walcott, Iowa, look on. © Susan Walsh/AP President Donald Trump pardons Corn, the national Thanksgiving turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 24, 2020, in Washington, as first lady Melania Trump and National Turkey Federation Chairman Ron Kardel of Walcott, Iowa, look on.

The president cracked fewer jokes than he has in years' past as he announced that that a turkey named Corn would be this year's National Thanksgiving Turkey. Corn, along with its alternate Cob, hail from an Iowa farm.

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“ Pardons before leaving office? Will you be issuing a pardon for yourself?” the reporter shouted. “Mr. President, will you invite president- elect Biden?” another reporter asked. The president did not respond, turning and applauding the crowd, standing with First Lady Melania Trump .

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'Like so many presidential flocks, this one started in the great state of Iowa in what can only have been described as an act of blatant pandering. And by the way, I love the state of Iowa," Trump said, to the laughter of the audience.

"Corn, I hereby grant you a full pardon," Trump said, holding up his hand. "Thank you, Corn."

Corn was selected this year's winner through an online poll conducted by the White House. Corn emerged the champion with a nearly eight-point lead on Cob.

As the president now contests the results of his own election loss, a joke he made during the 2018 turkey pardon has taken on new meaning. At the time, the president joked that the losing turkey, Carrots, was refusing to concede defeat and was contesting the election results.

"The winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website. This was a fair election," the president joked, prompting laughter. "Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we're still fighting with Carrots."

"I will tell you, we've come to a conclusion: Carrots, I'm sorry to tell you, the result did not change. It's too bad for Carrots," the president joked.

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But while only one turkey wins the official title of National Thanksgiving Turkey each year, the reality is that neither turkey will lose its life as a result of the White House ceremony.

The lucky birds typically go to Virginia Tech University, where they live out the remainder of their natural lives at a facility known as "Gobbler's Rest."

This year, Trump said, the turkeys will head to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where veterinarians would care for them and members of the public could meet them.

The tradition of the president pardoning a turkey can be traced back as far as President Abraham Lincoln, who spared a turkey from becoming the family's Christmas meal at the intervention of his son.

But the tradition of the formal turkey pardoning, as we know it today, didn't start in earnest until President George H.W. Bush in 1989, who jokingly passed down a pardon to the turkey presented to him as animal rights activists protested nearby, according to the White House Historical Association.

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President Trump may have shunned the convention of delivering a concession speech and kept largely out of the public eye since his election defeat, but he does plan to follow one tradition of a departing president. © Provided by Washington Examiner Aides are drawing up proposals for a string of pardons before he leaves office. One, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was crossed off the list Wednesday after he received a full pardon from Trump.

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