Someone Is Very Upset He Didn't Get Last-Minute Pardon

Joe Exotic tweets: 'I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2021 6:34 AM CST
Joe Exotic Slams Trump After Not Receiving Pardon
In this Aug. 28, 2013 photo, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as Joe Exotic, is seen at the zoo he used to run in Wynnewood, Okla.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

(Newser) – Joe Exotic of Tiger King fame had "the biggest Dodge truck limo in Texas" waiting for him outside the prison where he is serving a 22-year sentence Tuesday—but the pardon from former President Trump he was hoping for never arrived. The inmate, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, slammed Trump in an angry tweet issued by his official account Wednesday," KFOR reports. "I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump," he said. He also targeted Donald Trump Jr. who shared a meme of his father as Joe Exotic last year. "I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post," the tweet said. "Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first."

Maldonado-Passage praised Trump in September when he sent a 257-page letter requesting a pardon. "If I have ever looked up to anyone it would be you," he wrote. His legal team—"Team Tiger"—also expressed disappointment Wednesday, saying "140 million Joe Exotic fans had a hard time getting out of bed this morning." Maldonado-Passage, 57, is a year into his sentence for violating federal wildlife laws and plotting to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin, People reports. Baskin told Fox News on Wednesday she had been worried about her nemesis receiving a Trump pardon. "I'm taking a deep breath because I feel such a sense of relief," she said. "He absolutely belongs behind bars." (Read more Joe Exotic stories.)

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