In the news of kick-him-while-he’s-down, Carole Baskin revealed to BuzzFeed News that she’s thrilled her rival Joe Exotic didn’t get a pardon from Donald Trump.
In the final hours of Trump’s presidency, many crossed their fingers hoping they would get blessed by his executive powers, including Joe Exotic, who was sentenced to 22-years in prison for trying to pay someone to kill Baskin—the CEO of Big Cat Rescue–for $3,000.
Joe Exotic—the mullet-wearing zookeeper and star of the hit documentary series “Tiger King”—was banking on a pardon. His lawyers were so overly confident that he would be on Trump’s last-minute pardon list, they hired a limo to be there when he was released from the Texas prison.
“We’re waiting for the phone call from Washington, DC,” said private investigator Eric Love, who is part of Exotic’s defense team, in a Twitter video. “It’s coming, y’all. Hold tight.”
A hair and makeup team hired by his lawyers also waited on his release.
Sadly, Joe’s name was not one of the dozens and dozens pardoned by Trump on the last night of his presidency.
After the list went public, Love deleted his video.
Sometime after, Love retweeted a post purportedly written by Exotic: “I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump. I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first.”
Exotic was also convicted in April of 2019 for violating federal wildlife laws, killing five tigers, selling baby tigers, and fabricating records.
He has denied the charges.
As for Baskin, she gave her input, saying, “I think only Joe’s team and the media were ever even thinking about a pardon for Joe.”
“There is no benefit, other than a feeble attempt to deflect attention, for anyone to pardon someone who walked up to five tigers and shot them in the head in order to clear cage space for the circus, who was going to pay him to board their tigers during the offseason. Tigers are the world’s favorite animal and Joe Schreibvogel Maldonado Passage is right where he belongs: in a cage.”
This beef is real.
Joe Exotic's legal team tell me they are "100% confident" Trump will pardon the 'Tiger King' from his 22-year criminal sentence. Here's the 38ft "Monster Ram Truck Limo" they've reserved to pick him up. They plan to grab some McRibs immediately after. pic.twitter.com/mK69eGLiBV
— Greg Walters (@thegregwalters) January 19, 2021