Representatives for Joe Exotic have been waging an extensive campaign to get Trump to pardon Mr. Tiger King.
As you may know, Exotic was convicted in 2019 on two counts of murder-for-hire for plotting to kill his nemesis and Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin. Plus eight counts for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.
He was sentenced to 22 years in prison in January of last year.
According to his representative Eric Love, Exotic’s legal team has been corresponding with officials in Washington DC in connection with arranging a pardon from Trump. (Hashtag #ExoticLove)
His reps have been horny for a pardon since April of 2020. A reporter mentioned during a press conference then that one of the president’s sons joked about lobbying Trump to pardon the zookeeper. Trump replied:
“Which son? Must be Don — what did he do?”
Trump later asked the reporter if they thought Maldonado-Passage should be pardoned. Trump said,
“I’ll take a look.”
It seems part of their campaign involved spending thousands of dollars in a Trump-owned hotel in an attempt to get the president’s attention, according to the New York Times.
An anonymous organizer told the Times that Exotic’s team had spent around $10,000 during a visit to the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
AND Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (of stepson fame) told Fox News that he thinks Trump should pardon Exotic too before he leaves office in January. Gaetz thinks Trump should grant himself a pardon while he’s at it.
President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn, he should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey, he should pardon everyone, from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to...”
Btw, he just pardoned Flynn and the Thanksgiving turkey so he’s right on track…
(via Pink News)