Trump then appeared alongside the first woman to problem an all-important turkey pardon. 

It is a presidential custom stuffed with showmanship, largely devoid of substance, with Trump heart stage. It appears to be one in every of his favourite traditions, and a possible indicator of what is to come back.

Think about this remark from Matt Flegenheimer and Maggie Haberman in The New York Instances:

“In some methods, Mr. Trump had appeared to think about his Washington life extra intently resembling a rolling turkey pardon — the pomp and splendor, sure, but additionally a world largely amenable to his boss-man bearing and binary whims: This hen is spared. These birds usually are not. He’d have his individuals name the turkey individuals and hammer out the high quality print later. However by all of it, his phrase could be remaining.”

There are already indicators we’ll probably see extra ceremonies centered on pomp and circumstance than different political occasions over the subsequent 57 days. We’ve got seen Trump on digital camera solely a handful of occasions since his election loss. Nobody is holding their breath for a conventional White Home confab between outgoing Trump and President-elect Joe Biden, or perhaps a regular concession speech. 

But Trump has marched forward with lighter ceremonial traditions. On Monday, the White Home Christmas Tree arrived. Regardless of the pandemic, the outgoing administration remains to be planning to host lots of this 12 months’s private and non-private White Home vacation occasions — albeit in a smaller vogue, report MeSlop’s Maegan Vazquez and Betsy Klein. Nevertheless it’s onerous to argue that since Election Day, Trump has spent a lot of his time tweeting, {golfing} and firing individuals. 
The President will probably announce his real-world pardons quickly: Earlier presidents introduced non-turkey pardons and clemencies in the remaining days of their administrations. 

The Level: The Trump administration’s remaining days will probably look extra like the turkey pardon than a standard day at work.