Thousands Beg President Joe Biden for Mercy as He Pardons a Couple of Turkeys
On Friday, President Joe Biden continued the meaningless tradition of “pardoning” two turkeys prior to Thanksgiving. The two birds, named Peanut Butter and Jelly, were presented before Biden, who said “instead of getting basted, these two turkeys are getting boosted.”
At The New York Times, Katie Rogers notes that there was no talk of Biden’s domestic agenda, though that apparently wasn’t for lack of trying by reporters at the event. Steven Nelson of the New York Post asked the president if he would be pardoning any actual people. Biden played it off as a joke, asking Nelson if he needed one. Nelson subsequently asked the same question of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who essentially shrugged it off: She had no updates about any potential mercy for actual human beings.
Every year, the turkey pardon highlights the absurd gap between presidential performance and actual policy. Despite campaign trail promises that he would roll back some of the harsh laws he was responsible for helping pass in the first place, Biden has done little in this arena during his first year as president. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), Ed Markey (D–Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D–Ore.) sent a letter to Biden earlier in November asking him to use executive authority to mass pardon any federal prisoners with non-violent marijuana convictions, but thus far nothing has come of it.
And that’s not the only looming problem that needs Biden’s attention. The CARES Act, the COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation signed into law last year under President Donald Trump, authorized the temporary emergency home release of thousands of federal inmates as a way of attempting to slow the spread of the pandemic in prisons.
But when the federal crisis respons
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