Help Trump pick which Turkey to pardon: Bread or Butter?

WASHINGTON — Which Thanksgiving turkey will earn a presidential pardon? Will it be Bread or Butter?

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Two male turkeys from North Carolina named Bread and Butter, who will be pardoned by President Donald Trump, hang out in their hotel room at the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The White House is sponsoring an online contest to help President Donald Trump as he contemplates his role in the 30-year-old tradition of sparing the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

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According to the White House, Bread is a 45-pound (20-kilogram) turkey who likes a cherry-flavored soft drink called Cheerwine, bluegrass music and college basketball. Butter weighs 47 pounds (21 kilograms) and enjoys eating sweet potato fries, listening to bagpipes and watching NASCAR.

Bread and Butter (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump will name the bird he’ll pardon Tuesday afternoon at the White House. Afterward, he’ll fly to Florida for a campaign rally and to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

President George H.W. Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound (23-kilogram) bird.

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