Biden, 80, falsely claims Delaware has the most chickens in the country


President Biden made a blatant misrepresentation when he pardoned two turkeys at the White House on Monday, falsely claiming that his home state of Delaware has the most chickens in the country.

“We have more chickens than anyone in the Delaware country, but we don’t have turkeys,” Biden, who turned 80 on Sunday, erroneously said during the annual tradition.

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Delaware has a long list of farms that raise turkeys – also contradicting the president’s claims that birds are not found in the state, often called the blue hen state.

President Biden speaks after pardoning the national Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, November 21, 2022.
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However, the second smallest state in the country has a booming poultry industry with a population of chickens that outnumbers its people by 200:1. But Delaware’s chicken population isn’t among the top 10 states in the country, according to Statistica. And its poultry industry, worth around $1.7 billion and providing 3,500 jobs, isn’t even among the top five in the United States, according to the National Chicken Council.

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President Biden is joined by Turkey National Federation President Ronnie Parker and Alexa Starnes, daughter of Circle S Ranch owner, as he pardons the Chocolate Turkey, on the South Lawn of the White House, the November 21, 2022.

President Biden is joined by Turkey National Federation President Ronnie Parker and Alexa Starnes, daughter of Circle S Ranch owner, as he pardons the Chocolate Turkey, on the South Lawn of the White House, the November 21, 2022.
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Biden on Monday pardoned two North Carolina turkeys, “Chocolate” and “Chip,” which he says are his favorite flavor of ice cream.

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President Biden at Turkey's pardon ceremony.

President Biden at Turkey’s pardon ceremony.
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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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