Joe Exotic, the infamous "Tiger King," has applied for a presidential pardon. He's an awful man asking for help from another awful man.
Joe Exotic wants a pardon.
The so-called “Tiger King,” whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, petitioned President Donald Trump for it today.
A video released by Exotic & his supporters shows a giant tour bus featuring a banner begging the incumbent President to grant Maldonado-Passage a pardon.
This video also claims that Joe Exotic is a “victim.”
What it doesn’t make clear, though, is what he’s victimized by.
The success of his Netflix documentary, Tiger King, has turned Joe Exotic into a folk hero. He’s the subject of several social media memes. And he turned “that bitch Carole Baskin” into a rallying cry.
But Joe Exotic is no hero.
He’s no “good guy.”
And he’s certainly no “victim.”
In a recently resurfaced video, he complained about wanting to use the “n-word.”
Exotic is a documented animal abuser. According to Tiger King’s producer, Exotic once shot and killed two tigers for the hell of it. He also once kicked a chicken into the tiger pen just to watch it die. And he reportedly “got off” on watching the animals get harmed.
Then there was the time Joe Exotic ran over two emus just to sell their bones on the black market. The tiger burial pit reminded Exotic’s father of “the killing fields” of the Korean War.
He passively watched several ex-lovers get addicted to meth.
And, according to The Daily Beast, he tried to profit off of Travis Maldonado’s death by setting up a fake charity and asking for “donations” in his deceased husband’s name.
This is to say nothing of the misogyny that peppers his “that bitch Carole Baskin” comments.
In short, Joe Exotic is trash, which is precisely why Donald Trump likes him.
Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, was the first to note that Joe Exotic and Donald Trump had more than a few parallels.
They both make everything about themselves. They see conspiracies against them everywhere.
They’re self-absorbed, disorganized narcissists. They’re poorly educated, loud, and buffoonish.
And they have cult-like followings for being so awful.
Is it any wonder that Donald Trump Jr. wants his dad to give this anti-hero a pardon?
“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. Now, I don’t even know exactly what he was charged with. I watched the show, but it’s 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.”
Trump has already pardoned Zay Jeffries, who violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. He pardoned the murderer and traitor Clint Lorance. And he pardoned former NYPD police chief Bernard Kerik for fraudulent IRS returns.
A horrible person asking for a pardon from another horrible person is right on brand for Donald Trump…and Joe Exotic.
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This article was edited by Aaron Weaver.