Exotic – real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage – is a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country-western singer who bred exotic animals while running an Oklahoma zoo.
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He is serving 22 years in prison for plotting to have an animal rights activist murdered.
However, fans of the documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness believe he is innocent and Donald Trump Jr, the US president’s son, joked he should be pardoned.
President Trump was asked about Exotic’s case during a press conference on Wednesday.
“I know nothing about it,” a smiling Trump replied. “He has 22 years for what – what did he do?”
Trump, who has shown he is not afraid to wield executive privilege, asked the reporters if they would “recommend a pardon” before jokingly adding: “I’ll take a look.”
A reporter just asked if Trump would pardon Joe Exotic from Tiger King and Trump said, "I will take a look." pic.twitter.com/f0c0R8QmDy— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 8, 2020
Exotic, 57, was last year convicted of 17 federal charges of animal abuse and plotting to have animal rights activist Carole Baskin murdered.
Baskin and Exotic were locked in a long-running feud over the latter’s alleged mistreatment of animals.
Fans of the series have also backed Exotic’s allegation that Baskin murdered her husband and fed him to tigers, an accusation she dismisses as ridiculous.
Exotic has twice unsuccessfully run for public office, with failed attempts at the White House in 2016...