Happy holidays, everyone! While most of us will be spending today eating tasty things, chronicling the day on our Insta stories, and taking mid-afternoon snoozes on the couch, let’s not forget about the important things. To honor this holiday, a number of people are taking to social media to share some well wishes, and Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving tweet is no exception.
On Thursday, Nov. 22, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to wish everyone, presumably including the haters, a Happy Thanksgiving this year. In a video message, Trump extends his gratitude to the over 200,000 service members currently stationed overseas. He also offered his thoughts and prayers to those who have been victims of horrific acts of violence, acknowledging an issue that’s been divisively affecting the country. He also thanks the firefighters, first responders, and police offers who bravely faced danger to protect Americans, calling them brave, great, and — of course — special.
It’s no secret by now that Trump takes advantage of any opportunity to share his thoughts on Twitter. Usually, the messages can be a little, um, problematic, but it’s nice to see that he can push that rhetoric aside in order to celebrate a day that’s so special to so many people. (And a special shout out to whoever worked editorial magic and was responsible for those cuts to a nice, although odd, side angle shot of Trump.)
Will be speaking with our great military in different parts of the world, through teleconference, at 9:00 A.M. Eastern. Then it will be off to see our Coast Guard patriots & to thank them for the great job they have been doing, especially with the hurricanes. Happy Thanksgiving!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
Leading up to the festivities, Trump and the rest of his family prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving in the most traditionally presidential ways possible. On Tuesday, Nov. 20, Trump took part in the annual White House “turkey pardoning,” which spares one lucky bird from becoming a turkey dinner. This year, Trump pardoned a 39-pound turkey named “Peas” and its sibling “Carrots,” which is perhaps one of the most ironic moments ever. Of course, the names of the birds practically write the jokes themselves, but following the event, Twitter had a lot to say about Trump’s turkey pardoning, and none of it had to do with Thanksgiving.
Peas and Carrots will definitely be pardoned, because they are white. pic.twitter.com/fKQjBnouOk
— Sarah Wolf (@SarahAnnWolf1) November 20, 2018
why is trump pardoning a turkey did it murder a journalist
— Sarah Beattie (@nachosarah) November 20, 2018
Trump may not pardon a turkey this year because he wants to save his “turkey pardon” for Don Jr.
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) November 20, 2018
PRESIDENT TRUMP PARDONS A TURKEY. I think this is one case where the comedians can just let the headline speak for itself.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) November 20, 2018
This year’s turkey pardoning marked the Trump administration’s second Thanksgiving in the White House. Even though the president may not be in everyone’s good graces at the moment for political reasons, it looks like the White House is in full holiday spirit nevertheless. On Sunday, Oct. 28, Trump and the first lady greeted trick o’ treaters as a part of the traditional Halloween party. Even though the children seriously dressed to impress in their costumes, it was the White House’s impressive ensemble that stole the show in my opinion. To celebrate the spooky holiday, the White House was decked out head to toe with dozens of pumpkin patches littered across the entrance, corn stalks wrapped around the building’s large front columns, and a decorative orange carpet that welcomed people inside. Clearly the Trump administration is pulling out all the stops this year to celebrate each and every holiday.