Bette Midler Shades Donald Trump’s Turkey Pardon in ‘Safe and Happy’ Thanksgiving Message

by Halle Ames
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Singer and actress Bette Midler is throwing shade at Donald Trump after his traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon. 

Bette Midler’s Tweet

Bette Midler has not been shy about her strong feelings about the current President. In her most recent post on Thanksgiving morning, Midler appears to be posed at a dinner table with a turkey. 

“Anyone can pardon a turkey. The real challenge is caring for it afterwards. Have a safe and happy day!’

The tweet is generating a lot of buzz.

Donald Trump’s Turkey Pardon

The current President has carried out the tradition of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving since the 1870s. 

It started when Horace Vose would send his best turkeys to the White House as a gift every year for nearly 40 years, but the President and his guests would not be able to eat all the delicious gifts. This started the tradition of the pardoning.

The pardoning’s official start allegedly began in 1947 when President Harry Truman received so many turkeys as gifts that he had to pardon some, while others would “come in handy” for Christmas dinner.

This year was no different with President Trump pardoning a lucky bird. The White House held a poll on Twitter to see which prized turkey would receive its freedom, either Corn or Cob. By a close race of 53 percent to 46 percent, Corn won. Donald Trump made a public speech about the tradition.

“We’re here today to continue a beloved annual tradition, the official Presidential pardon of a very, very fortunate turkey. Because Thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys, I guess for the most part, not a very good one when you think about it… Today it is my honor to present to you this year’s lucky bird, Corn, and just in case we needed him, Cob.” 

Quite the tradition, but you can’t help but feel a little excited for Corn. Read more about the annual turkey tradition here.