TIGER King star Joe Exotic commented that he was “too innocent and too GAY” to get a pardon from President Donald Trump, while his rival Carole Baskin rejoiced.
Exotic criticized Trump on Wednesday afternoon after the 45th president left the White House for the last time without pardoning him for violating federal wildlife laws and killing five tigers, selling cubs and falsifying records.
“I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump,” tweeted Exotic.
“I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post,” he continued, referring to Donald Trump Jr previously saying he had discussed a potential pardon with his father.
The former zoo operator concluded: “Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first.”
Trump issued dozens of pardons during his final hours as president, including for rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black and his former adviser Steve Bannon rapper Lil Wayne, but did nothing for Exotic.
Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin, whom Exotic tried to pay an assassin to kill, celebrated that Exotic will continue serving his 22-year prison sentence.
"I think only Joe's team and the media were ever even thinking about a pardon for Joe," Baskin told BuzzFeed News.
"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," she said.
"Tigers are the world's favorite animal and Joe Schreibvogel Maldonado-Passage is right where he belongs: in a cage.”
Exotic, whose real last name is Maldonado-Passage and was convicted in April 2019, has denied charges against him.
Baskin and Exotic feuded over exotic animals in private zoos in the Netflix documentary series Tiger King released last year.
Last April, Trump Jr said his father was “fascinated” by Exotic’s case and that he thought that First Lady Melania Trump “may have shown him one of the memes that I had posted.”
“It was like Donald Trump’s face with a Tiger King mullet, which was pretty epic,” Trump Jr said.
Exotic’s lawyers had been so confident that Trump would pardon their client that they booked a limousine to pick him up from FMC Prison in Fort Worth, Texas.
"We're waiting for the phone call from Washington, DC," private investigator Eric Love, who is on Exotic's defense team, said in a Twitter video.
"It's coming, y'all. Hold tight.”
After it became clear that Trump was not pardoning Exotic, Love deleted the video.
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