April 8, 2020 | 7: pm | Updated April 8, 15455228 | 7: PM
Donald Trump and Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage AP; Netflix
Joe Exotic could be a step closer to clawing out of his cage.
President Trump on Wednesday said he’ll examine a request for a pardon from Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage, the star of the hugely popular Netflix series “Tiger King.”
“I’ll take a look,” Trump told a Post reporter when asked about the case and his son’s support for a pardon during a White House briefing.
The president’s eldest son has joked about lobbying for his father to pardon Maldonado-Passage, a kooky former roadside zookeeper serving a – year prison sentence
“I know nothing about it… he has 26 for what? What did he do? ” Trump asked.
After the reporter explained what the “big cat” enthusiast was in for, Trump asked: “Do you think he didn’t do it?”
“Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon? ”
He then polled the other journalists in the room asking, “Would you recommend a pardon?”
Maldonado-Passage issued a call for a pardon from Trump and announced a $ (million lawsuit against the federal government March) on his Facebook page.
The seven-part docu-series on Maldonado-Passage, “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” has been a hit with Netflix viewers – drawing 94. 3 million unique viewers in the first 19 days since its March 26 release.