As President Donald Trump and his campaign continue to contest the results of the 2020 election, social media users are drawing comparisons to another tense vote of the past: the 2018 turkey pardon. After America's vote was tallied, Peas was officially elected the turkey to be pardoned for that year’s annual event, though his competitor, Carrots, attempted to overturn the results, earning a few comments from Trump.
"The winner of this vote was decided by a fair and open election conducted on the White House website. This was a fair election. Unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount, and we're still fighting with Carrots," the president said during the 2018 National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony. "And 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."
FLASHBACK: In 2018, President Trump attacked Carrots the turkey for refusing to concede he had lost the vote on the White House turkey pardon contest.
"This was a fair election... unfortunately, Carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount."November 23, 2020
Video of the moment has resurfaced with renewed interest and scrutiny amid the 2020 election. After Americans headed to the polls to cast their votes, Joe Biden has risen as the projected winner, having secured a projected 306 electoral college votes to Trump's 232 and gaining millions more in the popular vote. Despite this, Trump and his campaign are contesting the results, bringing forth, without evidence, allegations of widespread voter fraud as they take legal action in a number of states. As Trump refuses to concede, the transition of power has also been delayed, with the General Services Administration (GSA) refusing to sign a letter of ascertainment.
Fast forward 2 years.... carrots must be code name for Trump 🤷♀️ https://t.co/O3CMiQaWoC— #nowicanbreathe (@sarahnolan72) November 23, 2020
From now on we refer to Trump as carrots the turkey. https://t.co/bUAVmNVdNS— 3-5-1 (@AnothrAtName) November 23, 2020
Both Peas and Carrots were born on June 28, 2018 as part of the Presidential Flock of 50 turkeys was hatched in July of that year. Peas weighed 39 pounds and had a wingspan of 36 inches. The White House at the time noted that Peas was a big fan of Brad Paisley, loved snacking on popcorn, enjoyed a little ice fishing and watching planes, and was hoping to learn to fly. His gobble was described as "boisterous."prevnext
Carrots should hold a press conference in front of The Four Seasonings.— Tom Haflinger (@TomHaflinger) November 23, 2020
Trump is the turkey of 2020.— Eric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) November 23, 2020
Carrots, meanwhile, weighed 41 pounds and had a wingspan of 36 inches. The White House said that he was a fan of Elvis and loved M&Ms. His favorite sport was said to be telemark snow skiing, his favorite pastime was yoga, and he had a goal of meeting the Virginia Tech HokieBird. His gobble was described as "strong and confident."prevnext
There’s always a tweet...that time Trump trashed Carrots for refusing to concede— Lisa Crivelli (@LisaMariePC) November 23, 2020
it's the muttered "too bad for Carrots" at the end that really does it https://t.co/to6KRwQ7gp— Quinta Jurecic (@qjurecic) November 23, 2020
Although Carrots drew the short end of the stick in the official vote, he still earned a pretty big prize. Following the official ceremony, as Trump announced, both Peas and Carrots were to both go on to "live out the rest of their days at Gobbler's Rest on the campus of Virginia Tech…where they will enjoy a beautiful private enclosure under the care of poultry science students and veterinarians."prevnext
Can’t wait to middle of December after many recounts and failed lawsuits to tell Carrots (Trump): THE RESULTS DID NOT CHANGE pic.twitter.com/gM4kKkA9u0— A.F. Iglesias Plata 🇨🇦🇨🇴🇺🇳👨🏽⚖️ (@iglesiasplata) November 23, 2020
Carrots’ reaction if he was still alive to see this pic.twitter.com/T35s0yTQzS— I reclaim my time (@otter_dimension) November 23, 2020
Trump, however, had quipped that it wouldn’t necessarily all be nice and quiet, having stated, "I have warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas." He added, "I can't guarantee that your pardons won’t be enjoined by the Ninth Circuit."prevnext
Carrots is going to take his legal battle to the supreme quart following the press conference outside the four seasonings.— Brian Izzo (@eyezeezeeoh) November 23, 2020
We HAVE to call him Carrots from now on...— Hussein Ibish (@Ibishblog) November 23, 2020
Although much is shrouded in controversy right now due to Trump's challenging of the election results, not even that is enough to put a halt to the annual turkey pardoning ceremony. This year, Corn and Cob are on the ballot to be pardoned.prevnext
Hahaha, it's like someone in the future is fucking with us.— Auntie Annie 🥃 Nostrovia! (@cmlucien) November 23, 2020
Noting Carrots didn't act like a complete turkey about it all. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/rKDBOnbI6t— crouchingTiger(); 🏴 (@dbl4k) November 23, 2020
Corn is 42 pounds and has a "chatty" personality. A lover of football, his favorite pastime is said to be storm chasing. He is currently working to perfect the high jump and has a goal of traveling to the Iowa State Fair. Cob, weighing in at 41 pounds, has a "type A" personality, loves soybeans, and wants to bike across America. You can vote for who you want to be pardoned by visiting the site here.prevnext
He’s talking about the turkey that got pardoned as a White House presidential tradition. Weird how history repeats itself with him @vvvaporeon— BetterCallThon (@Rookitee66) November 23, 2020
👀👀👀There really IS a tweet for everything, isn't there??? 😬 😱— Lisa Hawkins (@leesamahreee) November 23, 2020
The two birds have already arrived in Washington, D.C., where they are enjoying five-star treatment ahead of the big ceremony on Thursday. Trump will officially pardon one of the birds on Thanksgiving Day at a ceremony in the Rose Garden.prev