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On Nov. 19, the official Twitter account for the White House sent out a survey asking November’s most important question: which turkey should be pardoned at this year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony? As usual, the White House presented two options: Peas or Carrots.
Which turkey should be pardoned during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony?— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 19, 2018
After the pardoning, Peas and Carrots will live at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit.
The White House quickly followed up the survey with another tweet giving vital background information on the turkeys, so that people could make an informed decision.
Hate Elvis? Then you don’t want to vote for Carrots, even though his gobble style is “strong and confident.” Peas, on the other hand, spends his time ice fishing—which seems difficult with wings—and dreaming of flight while listening to Brad Paisley.
Meet your candidates: "Peas" and "Carrots" will be here at the White House TOMORROW—and one will receive the title of National Thanksgiving Turkey. pic.twitter.com/r53GM6Gxr2— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 19, 2018
And while the turkey pardoning is usually a cheeky, relaxed ceremony, because this White House is currently beset by scandals—from its treatment of CNN reporter Jim Acosta to a looming indictment of Donald Trump Jr.—Twitter was all over this one.
can I write in @Acosta ?— Tony Bruno (@TonyBrunoShow) November 19, 2018
You should’ve listed Acosta as one of the turkey choices 😂— eric rocha (@erhouston1) November 19, 2018
You forgot to include Don Jr.— Bob (@Bobgunnersrun48) November 19, 2018
Not listed: Paul Manafort. https://t.co/wo48sPM8v9— James Oliphant (@jamesoliphant) November 20, 2018
Many people took the chance to poke fun at the president and members of his administration, and his other children as well.
The turkey that should never be pardoned is Mike Pence.— KRISTI 🖖🏼 (@websitenut) November 19, 2018
@POTUS And both have a better grasp of agricultural policy than Donald— Andrew E. Greenberg (@Bluebeaner) November 20, 2018
Trump is scheduled to pardon two turkeys today. So if you see them, congratulate Ivanka & Don Jr. #TurkeyPardon— Midlife Crisis Actor (@Scott_at_Home) November 20, 2018
One Twitter user seized the opportunity to comment on the rampant voter suppression certain states experienced in the recent midterms, asking “y’all gonna make sure black people can’t vote on this too?”
y'all gonna make sure black people can't vote on this too?— shrimp boi with a sword ✨🗡🦐✨ (@geoffwithasword) November 19, 2018
And of course, some wondered about a potential “Peas Tape.”
In the end, Peas won.
However, both turkeys will live out the rest of their days at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit.
Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.