Tiger King's Joe Exotic speaks out after not receiving pardon from Donald Trump

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Joe Exotic in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
Joe Exotic in Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
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  • Donald Trump pardoned 73 people before Joe Biden was sworn in as America's next president. Joe Exotic, however, did not make the cut.
  • The big cat enthusiast turned reality star is currently serving a 22-year sentence for plotting to kill animal rights activist, Carole Baskin.
  • In a scathing tweet, Joe, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, accused the former president of using him and pretending to stand for 'equal justice'.


Joe Exotic thought he'd for sure get a pardon from Donald Trump.

The former President of the United States made a last-minute move to pardon 73 people while commutations were given to 70 others. Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne and Kodak Black were all pardoned by Trump – Joe Exotic, who you'll remember from Netflix's popular Tiger King series, was not on the list, despite having a stretch Dodge limo waiting outside the prison to drive him away following his expected pardon.

Joe, who is serving a 22-year sentence in prison for plotting to kill his nemesis, Carole Baskin, sent a letter to Trump in September asking for the pardon and calling him his hero.

Now, he's taken aim at the former president, writing on Twitter: "I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump."

His scathing tweet slammed Trump for using him "to boost his social media" presence.

"Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice?" his tweet continued.

Following Trump's decision, Carole Baskin told Fox News: "I feel such a sense of relief."

She said: "From the very time that he was sentenced I have worried about there being a presidential pardon that could undo all of the hard work that went into bringing this person to justice. When today at noon, a new president was sworn in, I felt like I was finally safe from that threat."   

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