Trump’s pardons: did not include “Tiger King” Joe Exotic

OKLAHOMA CITY – Joe Exotic’s name was the one name that didn’t make Trump’s pardon list before the end of his term.

Last night, ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic’s team was so confident that Exotic would receive a pardon that they had a limousine on standby, aswell as hair and wardrobe team ready to go for 14 hours to pick up Exotic – a former Zookeeper made famous from the Netflix Original documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” who is serving a 22-year sentence at a federal prison in Texas.

Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for violating federal wildlife laws and his part in a murder-for-hire plot targeting his arch-enemy, Carole Baskin — which failed.

Baskin runs a rescue sanctuary for large cats in Florida.

She told BuzzFeed News, she was thankful that Trump decided against a pardon.

“I think only Joe’s team and the media were ever even thinking about a pardon for Joe,” she said.

He was also sentenced for killing five tigers, selling tiger cubs and falsifying wildlife records. He was convicted by a jury in April 2019.

Maldonado-Passage’s pardon application argued that he was “railroaded and betrayed” by others. He is currently 57-years-old and is scheduled to be released from prison in 2037 — but as his pardon application stated, “he will likely die in prison” due to health problems.

According to his official Twitter account, Exotic says Trump’s “corrupt friends come first” and that he “was too innocent and GAY to deserve a pardon.”

On Wednesday, Trump’s White House released a list of 143 people who received presidential clemency, including former Trump campaign chairman Steve Bannon, rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

The full list of pardons is available from

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