Joyless Journalists Grump About Trump Pardoning Thanksgiving Turkey

The tradition of the presidential turkey pardoning every Thanksgiving should be a light-hearted, fun event devoid of politics. But because of the media’s hatred for President Trump, even this pastime has been turned into a political gripe fest. As Trump carried out the annual holiday tradition, cracking jokes along the way as presidents before him have done, journalists took to Twitter to complain about anything and everything they could think to about the pardon, showcasing their inability to take a joke, for even a moment.

MSNBC AM Joy host and self-proclaimed member of the #Resistance against Trump, complained that she can’t enjoy these events anymore with Trump in the White House:

While others used the pardon to make cheap shots against Trump.

TV Writer Jess Dweck:

Jeet Heer, Senior Editor of New Republic: Ana Marie Cox: Late night TV host Conan O’Brien:

Some journalists revealed their obsession with Russia couldn’t stop them from making the turkey pardon about that too.

Jon Lovett, host of the podcast PodSave America:

Will Saletan, writer for Slate:

Others acted as if Trump joking about overturning Obama’s turkey pardons was a real threat.

CNN’s Jim Acosta:

The Hill:

Or NBC’s Ali Vitali who wrote for NBC News, “Trump pardons two Thanksgiving turkeys, jokes about killing Obama’s birds.” 

GQ also couldn't take a joke writing, “Donald Trump Can’t Even Pardon a Damn Turkey Without Mentioning Barack Obama.

While MSNBC's Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski took the same offense over the tame joke, in this exchange Thursday morning:

"President Trump pardons two Turkeys and joked about killing President Obama's birds," Brzezinski claimed. 

"Come on man! That's just uncool. What's wrong with you?" co-host Joe Scarborough scoffed.

Still others felt the need to "fact-check" Trump.

 Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent for The Toronto Star tweeted:

As did Snopes, who wrote, "Reports that President Trump 'revoked all sixteen Thanksgiving Day turkey pardons,' ordering the birds executed by firing squad, were satirical."
 

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