By Maya Rhodan
November 24, 2014

John Oliver says the President should take a different approach to his annual turkey pardon this year: Either pardon all turkeys or put them all on trial.

Every Thanksgiving for the past two decades, the President of the United States has spared the life of at least one turkey on the holiday when many of their bird brethren are smothered in gravy and devoured. The tradition, Oliver says, is weird—mainly given the fact that all turkeys are guilty of being delicious.

“I issue this challenge to President Obama and all future presidents,” the Last Week Tonight host says in a new YouTube video with his show on holiday hiatus. “If you want the world’s respect, just once, show up at a White House turkey pardoning with a cleaver and administer the justice these birds so clearly deserve.”

See the full clip below.

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