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Despite the state of things, there will be a turkey pardon

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

America is at an unsettling moment, with a resurgent pandemic and a president who refuses to accept the results of a national election. Most schoolchildren remain out of the classroom, people are working from their living rooms, restaurants are half-empty, social gatherings largely scaled back.

Yet one tradition will continue as planned: The President of the United States will pardon the annual Thanksgiving turkey at the White House on Tuesday, according to a White House official.

Official Thanksgiving turkeys have been gifted to the White House by the poultry industry since 1947, though some date the "pardoning" of the turkey as far back as President Abraham Lincoln.

Trump has appeared to enjoy the last three turkey pardons he has conducted, specifically the birds themselves.

While he may not be making time for the business of our democracy, Trump has always loved the pomp and circumstance of formal events at the White House, even those that require a bed of sawdust and the risk of being pecked by a 45-pound turkey.

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