On Tuesday morning, President Trump took part in the decades-long tradition to pardon a turkey before Thanksgiving. The bird’s name is “Drumstick”, and everyone around him was all smiles as he spoke the words “YOU ARE HEREBY PARDONED!”
Watch this awesome moment below:
MUST WATCH: President Trump pardons his first turkey called "Drumstick!" 🇺🇸 https://t.co/UUDzoNfbDm
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Although there’s much speculation over just who was the first president to actually pardon the poultry, experts – including the National Turkey Federation (NFT) – credit former President George H.W. Bush for starting the official tradition.
“The formalities of pardoning a turkey jelled by 1989, when George H. W. Bush, with animal rights activists picketing nearby, quipped, ‘But let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy – he’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now — and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here,’” the White House Historical Society says.
The custom of sending turkeys to the White House is an old one – dating back to the 1870s when “poultry king” Horace Voce would send his birds – but many former leaders of the free world actually ate the turkeys instead of setting them free.
However, some presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, did spare a few fowls in their day.
Aren’t you so happy that it’s TRUMP pardoning the turkey instead of Crooked Hillary? We sure as hell are.