Donald Trump says he will “watch” forgiving Tiger King’s Joe Exotic after Don Jr. said the zoo owner’s 22-year prison for murder-for-hire seemed “aggressive”
- President Trump said he would investigate Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series “Tiger King”
- “I’ll take a look,” Trump told reporters Wednesday after Donald Trump jr. Had called Exotic’s 22-year sentence “aggressive”
- The president said he has not seen the show, which has been a hit with Americans who are stuck at home because of the crown virus crisis
- The show follows three people who own a collection of tigers and lions, including Exotic, who ran an Oklahoma wildlife park
- Exotic was convicted in 201
President Trump said he would look at the forgiveness of Joe Exotic, the star of the Netflix series “Tiger King” who is currently serving 22 years in prison for a murder-for-rent plot.
“I’m going to have a look,” Trump said Wednesday at the White House, telling reporters he had not seen the show, which has been a ranking hit when Americans stay home through the coronavirus crisis.
On Monday at SiriusXM, Donald Trump Jr. had called Exotic’s opinion “aggressive” after seeing the documentary series in two meetings.
President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he had not seen the Netflix hit ‘Tiger King’ but he would investigate a pardon for the protagonist, zookeeper Joe Exotic
Joe Exotic is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for a murder-for-hire plot involving killing an animal activist who ran a Florida-based big cat sanctuary
‘Tiger King’ focuses primarily on Joe Exotic (pictured), the openly gay owner of an Oklahoma zoo by the roads
Joe Exotic was placed behind bars for a murder-for-hire plot with Carole Baskin (pictured) owning a tiger and lion reserve in Tampa, Florida
“Now, I don’t even know what he was accused of … I was watching the show, but it was like I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or not,” Trump Jr. said. “It doesn’t seem like he was completely innocent of anything. But when they say, ‘We’ve been putting this guy away for 30 years,’ I say it seems so aggressive.”
When a reporter put forward his son’s comments, Trump commented: ‘Which son? It must be Don. I had a feeling it was Don, “the president said.
The show follows three main zoo owners including Exotic and Carole Baskin, the woman who owns Tampa, Florida’s Big Cat Rescue.
It was Baskin that Exotic allegedly planned to kill.
She had become a thorn in his side by pushing lawmakers to vote for the Big Cat Public Safety Act, which would make it harder for individuals to own tigers and lions and would put a stop to cub-petting, which was a business model used by Exotic.
Donald Trump Jr. (left), photographed with a dead leopard and his brother Eric Trump (right), said on SiriusXM Monday that Exotic’s 22-year-old verdict seemed “aggressive”
Baskin’s back story was intriguing when her first husband suddenly disappeared, with exotic sayings on the show that she fed him to a tiger
In April 2019, Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, was convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight offenses against the Lacey Act and for nine violations of the Endangered Species Act.
“I know nothing about it,” Trump admitted, asking the reporter who asked the question, The New York Post’s Steven Nelson, to describe Exotic’s crime.
Trump then said he would take a look.
Since ‘Tiger King’ became a hit, Exotic and Baskin have become household names.
The show also describes how Baskin’s first husband disappeared, a case that has been reopened by authorities since the episodes were aired.
Exotic on the show claimed that Baskin fed her husband to a tiger.