Donald Trump To 'Look At' Pardoning Joe Exotic
PSA: Donald Trump has said he'll "take a look" at pardoning Tiger King star Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a 22-year-prison sentence for a murder-for-hire plot.
The Netflix documentary, which centred on the big cat subculture in America and its key players, including titular character Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), has captivated the globe since its release.
Now, President Trump has said he'll consider Exotic's case at a press conference at the White House on Wednesday.
"I'll take a look," said Trump, after a journalist asked about his take on the hit docuseries.
They asked: "One of the biggest ratings hits of the coronavirus, aside from these briefings, is a show on Netflix called Tiger King.
"The man who is the star of this, a former zoo owner, is serving a 22 year prison sentence, he's asking you for a pardon, that he was unfairly convicted, your son jokingly said he'd advocate for it and I was wondering if you'd seen the show and had any thoughts on pardoning Joe Exotic?"
The President responded by saying: "I know nothing about his 22 years so what did he do?"
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The reported followed up: "Allegedly hired someone to murder an animal rights activist but he said that he didn't do that," to which Trump replied: "Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon? I'll take a look."
To recap, Joe Exotic - the mulleted, gun-toting, polygamist and prolific big cat breeder who ran a zoo in Oklahoma who is at the centre of the documentary - is currently serving a 22 year sentence for plotting to murder his rival, animal rights activist Carole Baskin.
It comes as Donald Trump Jr called Jo Exotic's sentence "aggressive" during an interview with SiriusXM.
The 42-year-old said: "I don't even know exactly what he was charged with.
"I watched the show but I don't know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn't. It doesn't seem like he was totally innocent of anything.
"But when they're saying, 'We're putting this guy away for 30 years,' I'm saying, That seems ... sort of aggressive."
The plot thickens on this crazy, crazy story. Stay tuned...
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