The Internet Reacts to Trump Being Asked to Pardon Joe Exotic During Press Briefing
The off-topic question about the “Tiger King” was asked during a coronavirus press briefing—and people had a lot to say afterwords.
An off-topic question about pardoning Joe Exotic at a White House coronavirus press briefing lit up the internet.
During the Wednesday briefing, a New York Post reporter asked Trump if he would consider pardoning Joseph Maldonado Passage, or “Joe Exotic” from the wildly popular Netflix docuseries “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”
“[Joe Exotic] is asking you for a pardon, saying he was unfairly convicted,” reporter Steven Nelson said. “Your son yesterday jokingly said that he was going to advocate for it.”
Trump then admitted he had not seen the docuseries, and chided Nelson for asking about a pardon before saying he would “take a look” at the Joe Exotic situation and moving on to another topic.
.@stevennelson10 asks President Trump about #TigerKing: "I was wondering if you've seen the show and have any thoughts..."— CSPAN (@cspan) April 8, 2020
President Trump: "Would you recommend a pardon?"
Jim @Acosta: "I'm not weighing in on Tiger King."
Full video here: https://t.co/z42TJyteNI pic.twitter.com/oq2otCp97X
Many on social media then questioned why the exchange happened at all, considering the briefing was focused on the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Is someone asking Trump about Tiger King during a White House briefing during a national emergency? Who the hell just asked that?— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 8, 2020
The media is so addicted to sensationalism that a journalist at the Coronavirus Press Conference literally asked Trump whether he will listen to Donald Trump Jr.’s suggestion to pardon Tiger King Joe Exotic for hiring a hit man. We have a broken government and a broken media.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 8, 2020
Others just reveled in the absurdity of the whole conversation.
Joe Exotic was sentenced to 22 years in prison after a jury convicted him of animal welfare violations and hiring a hitman to kill big cat activist Carole Baskin. The feud between Baskin and Joe Exotic is the framework for the salacious docuseries, which is allegedly adding one more episode to its lineup.