Netflix ‘Tiger King’ Spoilers finds that in today’s White House press briefing concerning COVID-19, President Trump was asked by reporter Steven Nelson if he would consider pardoning Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage’s 22-year prison sentence. President Trump replied, “I’ll take a look.” Many of us are left wondering about the seriousness of that statement.
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The pop-culture frenzy that erupted from Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has divided the internet on Joe Exotic. Fans cannot help but love his flamboyant style and odd antics, while critics and activists despise him for being a delusional tiger killer. Regardless of one’s stance on the self-proclaimed “Tiger King,” Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence for numerous wildlife crimes, as well as his murder-for-hire scheme aimed at nemesis and fellow cat fanatic, Carole Baskin.
During the press briefing, reporter Steve Nelson asked if President Trump has watched the Tiger King documentary series and what his thoughts are on the infamous Joe Exotic. Nelson also brought up that Trump’s son has jokingly advocated for Exotic’s release since his request for a pardon on March 19th.
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Upon Nelson’s inquiry, President Trump appeared slightly amused, asking, “Which son? Must be Don.” Trump said, “I had a feeling it was Don. Is that what he said? I don’t know. I know nothing about it. He has 22 years for what? What did he do?”
After divulging further details about Exotic’s case, Trump asked Nelson if he would recommend a pardon for Exotic. Nelson declined to comment on his opinion, so Trump proceeded to poll other reporters in the room. However, all reporters remained neutral. That’s when the President said, “I’ll take a look,” before returning to coronavirus updates.
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Reporter Stephen Nelson has already defended himself against the backlash on Twitter, posting, “I asked President Trump about a pardon request from the star of Netflix’s top rated show after his son weighed in…But I also asked about WHO coronavirus funding and this emerging bipartisan detail that may land in recovery infrastructure bill.” Nelson is an established reporter for the New York Post and has consistently covered White House news for several years.
Nelson’s credibility is even more perplexing for some viewers who were shocked by the boldness of this off-topic inquiry during a world crisis. Other viewers responded with lightheartedness and humor in support of Joe Exotic. Yet, the question remains: Is President Trump truly going to look into pardoning Exotic’s crimes? Or, was Trump dismissing the reporter’s random question? Whatever the result may be, this incident surely has people more deeply divided about Joe Exotic than ever.
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