Donald Trump Jr. Says Joe Exotic Sentence ‘Excessive,’ Suggests Presidential Pardon
Donald Trump Jr. suggested he could ask his father to pardon Netflix star and exotic animal connoisseur Joe Exotic during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Jim Norton and Sam Roberts” on Monday.
Exotic has become an overnight celebrity on account of Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ documentary series, which profiles the Oklahoma man’s career running an exotic animal zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Exotic was convicted in 2019 of various counts of animal abuse and proposing a murder-for-hire plot targeting a Florida woman leading efforts to shut down his elaborate tiger and exotic animal facility in Oklahoma.
Exotic claims that he never was truly offering to pay an undercover FBI agent to assassinate Carole Baskins. Trump Jr. admitted that he couldn’t really discern the details of the case, but stated that it’s possible the 22 year sentence Exotic ultimately received was excessive.
“Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with… I watched the show, but it was like, I don’t know exactly what he was guilty of or wasn’t. It doesn’t seem like he was totally innocent of anything. But when they’re saying, ‘We’re putting this guy away for 30 years,’ I’m saying that seems sort of aggressive.”
When Sam Roberts asked about the possibility of Trump Jr. asking his father to consider a presidential pardon, Donald Jr didn’t rule out the notion of discussing it.
“Maybe not right now, but I can generally be for this just for the meme. And just for frankly watching the media reaction to this thing. It would be pretty amazing to ultimately see that.”
Make of it what you will.