Reports that President Donald Trump reversed former President Barack Obama’s Thanksgiving Day turkey pardons and ordered their execution are fake. Trump made no such demand—the claim was purely satirical.
According to Snopes, the false claim originated on Real News Right Now, a website that is known for posting fake and satirical news articles. The article claimed that Trump had ordered the execution of five turkeys that had been previously pardoned in the annual tradition. It purported:
In another sweeping move aimed at undoing the perceived damage done by the Obama administration, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday directing the Department of Justice to revoke all sixteen Thanksgiving Day turkey pardons issued by the former president during his eight years in office.
“After reviewing the decisions made by the previous administration, President Trump has determined that a number of turkey pardons issued by Barack Obama were done so in a manner that was both deceitful and hazardous to the American people,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced on Tuesday. “This morning, the president once again used his executive powers to see to it that justice is served and that the surviving creatures will be destroyed.”
The article also claimed that out of the 16 turkeys Obama pardoned, only five were still alive, questioning whether the ones he chose to pardon were somehow connected to Black Lives Matter or radical Islamic terrorism. These claims are, of course, all fake.
At his pardoning ceremony, Obama joked that Thanksgiving wasn’t such a good day to be a turkey. “And it is my great privilege — well, it’s my privilege — actually, let’s just say it’s my job — to grant them clemency this afternoon,” he said during the ceremony, according to the White House archives. “As I do, I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren’t so lucky, who didn’t get to ride the gravy train to freedom — who met their fate with courage and sacrifice — and proved that they weren’t chicken.” His dad jokes went viral last year as he made puns about turkey and other Thanksgiving fixings.
Snopes reports that while Real News Right Now does not have a disclaimer stating that they publish fake news, there are a few giveaways on the About page, such as the “awards” the author has won. Previously published fake and satirical new stories from the website include Trump bringing back the draft, police officers shooting a department store mannequin and the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 plane being found in a CNN warehouse.
There is no truth to any of these claims. While there is no merit to Trump ordering the execution of previously pardoned turkeys, Trump has stated that he plans to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama,” according to the Washington Post. One of the executive orders already signed by Trump affects the Affordable Care Act, while he’s also moved to advance the controversial oil pipelines and reverse Obama’s climate change agenda.
Social Media Shares Fake Article about Trump’s Turkey Pardon Reversal
I actually joked about this last thanksgiving https://t.co/w5QyNeo9eg
— Jason Meeks (@fondrenlock) January 25, 2017
You see, I read this headline & didn't immediately dismiss it as a joke. That's where we are now!
— Mary Wombat ? (@little_mavis) January 25, 2017
Pretty bad when you hate President Obama's policies that much. https://t.co/Nf9SmY04Ou
— Nick Varga (@Karaoke_God) January 25, 2017
— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) January 24, 2017
— Jasmin Sandelson (@jasminaviva) January 25, 2017
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