Donald Trump says he will be ‘looking at’ the pardoning of Joe Exotic, Tiger King after Don Jr says the zoo owner’s 22-year prison sentence for murder-for-hire seems ‘aggressive’
President Trump said he would look into pardoning Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’ who is currently serving 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire conspiracy.
‘I’ll take a peek,’ Trump said Wednesday at the White House, telling reporters he hadn’t seen the show, which has been a score as Americans stay home through the coronavirus crisis.
On Monday on SiriusXM, Donald Trump Jr. had called Exotic’s sentence ‘aggressive’ after watching the documentary series in two sittings.
‘Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was accused of … I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or not,’ Trump Jr. said. ‘He doesn’t seem to be completely innocent of anything. But when they say, “We’re giving this guy away for 30 years,” I say that seems kind of aggressive. ‘
When a reporter picked up his son’s comments, Trump said, ‘Which son? It must be Don. I had a feeling it was Don, ‘said the president.
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The show follows three main zoo owners including Exotic and Carole Baskin, the woman who owns Tampa, Florida’s Big Cat Rescue. Baskin allegedly Exotic plotting to kill her .
She had become a thorn in her side by pushing legislators to vote in favor of the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would make it harder for individuals to own tigers and lions and put an end to betting , which was a business model. used by Exotic.
In April 2019 an exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, was found guilty of two charges of murder for hire, eight breaches of the Lacey Act and nine breaches of the Endangered Species Act .
‘I know nothing about it,’ admitted Trump, asking the reporter who asked the question, Steven Nelson of the New York Post, to describe Exotic crimes.
Then Trump said he would look into the case.
Since ‘Tiger King’ became popular, Exotic and Baskin have become household names.
The show also details how Baskin’s first husband disappeared, a case that has been reopened by authorities since the episodes aired.
Exotic, on the show, claimed that Baskin had fed her husband to Tiger.
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