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Donald Trump to Look at Pardoning Joe Exotic of Tiger King

US President Donald Trump told in a press conference he would take a look at Joe Exotic pardoning after a reporter raised the question.

President Trump despite not apparently exactly knowing whom he was talking about stated that he would look at pardoning Joe Exotic real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage. Joe is currently serving 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot. 

On Wednesday at the White House, Trump told he knew “nothing about it” and asked the reporter what Joe Exotic had been convicted of, before stating he would “take a look” at the case.

The question about Joe Exotic rose because Donald Trump Jr. remarked on a radio show that  Joe Exotic the zookeeper’s sentence was “aggressive”.

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Donald trump Jr. gave credit to the reporters who acknowledged that he was joking and though this was a serious issue.

Who is Joe Exotic and Why He Is Sentenced for 22 Years

Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage better known as Joe Exotic, is an American Zoo Keeper and the former owner of Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park (G.W. Zoo) in Oklahoma. He ran unsuccessfully once for the President of United States in 2016 and then for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018.

 The G. W. Zoo soon inhabited by number of exotic animals as Joe Exotic acquired tigers, lions, ligers and more. In early 2000 the zoo gained popularity as he continued to breed animals to keep up a constant supply of tiger cubs. Because of breading of tigers, he was criticized by many animals’ right activists and accused of animal’s abuse.

Meanwhile, Maldonado-Passage’s business caught the attention of Carole Baskin the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit sanctuary for exotic cats in Tampa Florida. The  sanctuary is devoted to end the private owner-ship of big cats.

In 2018 Joe Exotic was convicted of hiring a hit-man to kill his rival and animal activist Carole Baskin as well as numerous animal cruelty charges. He was sentenced to 22-years of Jail on which he plead guilty.  

Recently Maldonado-Passage has called for pardon from Donald Trump and announced a $94 million lawsuit against the federal government on his Facebook page.

The Tiger King- A True Crime Story of Joe Exotic

Netflix massive famous seven-parts long docu-series on Maldonado-Passage, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” drew 34.3 million unique viewers in the first 10 days of its release, from March 20-29,

The timing of the release of docu-series coincided with a global pandemic and mandated stay-at-home orders, something that resulted in such a huge viewership of documentary.

Reporter Facing Backlash about Joe Exotic Question

Opportunities to question Donald Trump during this unprecedented crisis are precious but the reporter wasted this opportunity according to people on social media.

Senior Writer Oliver Willis at The American Independent criticized the reporter who asked the question about Joe Exotic-Tiger King when 2000 people died day before.

Josh Dawsey White House Reporter at Washington Post asked why you are asking this question.

Editor Molly Jong-Fast  was surprised at  the question by One America News Network’s reporter

Eugene Gu, MD the Founder and CEO of rehabilitation center Cool Quit Tweeted that our government and media was broken that they asked such stupid question during pandemic.

More folks were questioning the intent to ask such question during national emergency.

Adam Parkhomenko Democratic Strategist, Consultant, Political Adviser back-lashed One America News Network on asking question about Tiger King

Katie Pavlich Townhall Editor at Fox News questioned if  it was the right content to talk during quarantine.

Yamiche Alcindor, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent expressed that she never asked question like this

Folks are shocked and in processing the fact that some reporter at the latest “presidential coronavirus briefing” actually asked Trump if he would pardon the guy from Tiger King

Not everyone is criticizing the reporter for asking such dumb question. There are those who considered it a comic relief is okay in this tense situation

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