Trump says he doesn't know who Joe Exotic is, but he'll 'take a look' at pardoning him

Catherine Garcia

President Trump is not familiar with Tiger King, but on Wednesday, he promised to "take a look" at pardoning its main character, Joe Exotic.

Exotic, a former private zoo owner, is serving a 22-year prison sentence after being found guilty last year of hiring a hit man to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin (the hit didn't happen, and Baskin is still alive). In a recent radio interview, Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., joked he was going to tell his dad that Exotic deserved to be pardoned, and a New York Post reporter thought Wednesday's coronavirus briefing would be a great time to bring this up.

"I know nothing about it," Trump said of the hit Netflix docu-series, before asking various people around the room if they would advocate a pardon for Exotic. "I'll take a look."

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