Donald Trump has taken aim again at his predecessor Barack Obama by noting that he’d revoked a lot of Obama era policy but was not going to revoke turkey pardons.
During a photo call the hapless president noted “As many of you know, I’ve been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor,” Trump said as he participated in his first turkey pardoning ceremony. The annual pardoning of the turkey for Thanksgiving is an opportunity for a photo call and Trump didn’t miss an opportunity to sneer at his predecessor.
He went on to say “However, I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked.”
The ceremony has been an annual fixture since it was formally introduced in 1989 by then-President George H. W. Bush, though it is believed to hark back to the days of Abraham Lincoln. It features the pardoning of turkeys that will be eaten at the White House on Thanksgiving.
It was a rare moment of respite for the beleaguered president. He has been under immense pressure of late and this has only been increased by the news that Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer has put $20 million into an advertising campaign designed to have Trump impeached. The campaign features prominent billboards in New York and is designed to whip up public support for Trump’s removal.
Thus far Trump has kept quiet about the Steyer affair, but you can be sure a response is coming. Trump’s ego cannot handle such a powerful attack and he will, in all likelihood, go on the offensive. The press will be watching Twitter with immense interest. It may be that Steyer just wanted to draw Trump out to show to Americans just how poor a person their president really is.
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