Trump Pardons Turkey, MSNBC Host Becomes Joyless

President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey / Getty Images


MSNBC anchor Joy Reid can't find the joy in presidential traditions, including the president pardoning a turkey before Thanksgiving.

President Donald Trump pardoned turkey "Drumstick" following the tradition of his predecessors in pardoning a turkey before Thanksgiving. Before the actual pardon, Trump spoke before an audience where he reminded them to be thankful this holiday season and made several jokes. One joke was centered on his inability to overturn his predecessor President Barack Obama's turkey pardons.

"I've been very active in overturning a number of actions by my predecessor. However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons cannot under any circumstances be revoked," Trump said. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy."

These light-hearted presidential traditions are lost to Reid because of Trump's involvement.

"Gotta say these traditions — the turkey pardon, and other cutesy things presidents do — are lost to the ether for me when Trump performs them. The legal, ethical and moral clouds over his presidency are like a film on the camera lens," Reid tweeted on Tuesday.

Reid has risen in popularity for her opposition to conservatives and being a proud member of the resistance. She often shares her insightful commentary on Twitter. Earlier this month, Reid tweeted that "Americans are living like packs of warlords" and called living through the Trump presidency the worst time to be a human.

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