Lara Trump, Fox News contributor and wife of Eric Trump, bizarrely claimed that the growing cost of Thanksgiving the turkey is part of a liberal plot to "shake" American traditions.
During a discussion on Fox News about inflation and its impact on Thanksgiving- related purchases , the former president's daughter-in-law affirmed Americans on the left " want to transform basically America "and were using the humble Thanksgiving turkey as a vehicle for their infamous plot.
" Well, how do you do that? You must change America from the inside out. You have to take our traditions away. So it may sound a little funny and a little silly. 'Oh, don't have a turkey so people won't come. ' "
In the exchange with Fox host Pete Hegseth , Trump was responding to comments from White House press secretary Jen Psaki that inflation had pushed the costs of the traditional Thanksgiving bird to about a dollar more for a 20 pound bird.
"Everything is going to fundamentally transform this country, and the way you do that, you make sure that we have no commonality, no tradition as Americans," she said. " You start to cut corners on this, and they don't care that Thanksgiving costs a lot more. "
A battle for turkey inflation looms for weeks as Conservatives accuse Liberals of trying to cancel the holidays, including Halloween, as part of an effort "to
"They don't want us to have a middle ground. They don't want us to have common traditions like Thanksgiving. Last month, many places removed Halloween because they wanted to include people who weren't celebrating Halloween, ”Trump added.
Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) warned that the costs of the traditional turkey feast have increased by 14% over the past year. The cost increase, which went from an average of $ 46.90 for a family group of 10 last year at $ 53.31 in 2021,comes to $ 6 per person.
Overall 6.6% increase in cost of family seating including stuffing , sweet potatoes, butter buns, peas, cranberries, a vegetable platter, a pumpkin pie with whipped cream and coffee and milk, the cost of the bird increased by more than any other factor: 24%.
At the same time, Butterball, the North Carolina poultry giant that produces over a billion turkey pounds each year, told The Guardian that he had prepared for Thanksgiving a year in advance and that the prices "remain about the same as the last few years, and the turkey is the one of the more economical parts of the Thanksgiving meal ".
But the tradition of a turkey dinner is under pressure from aother circles, with some wondering why it is necessary to slaughter millions of turkeys. In a hard-hitting essay for the Cut, food writer Mia Mercado argued that the side dishes are the real stars of the party.
“I am coming for your precious holiday bird. Turkey is not welcome on my Thanksgiving, "Mercado wrote.