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January 20, 2021

Twitter mocks 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic after Trump declines pardon request

The Netflix star had a limousine waiting outside his prison in anticipation of a pardon that never came

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Joe Exotic limo Nate Billings/The Oklahoman-USA TODAY NETWORK

President Donald Trump declined to pardon Joe Exotic, who lobbied him for clemency last year.

Big cat businessman Joe Exotic is stuck in captivity after formally requesting a pardon from President Donald Trump last year.

The infamous Netflix star's lawyers were so confident he would be granted clemency that they had a Ram truck stretch limousine at the ready outside the prison where Exotic is serving a 22-year sentence, NJ.com reported.

Yet, Trump did not include him in his final round of pardons announced just after midnight Wednesday. 

A pardon allows a person to be relieved of some or all of the legal consequences of criminal conviction. Trump doled out pardons to 143 people, including rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, who were convicted of weapons charges in Florida, and Steve Bannon who was charged with defrauding Trump donors, the Associated Press reported

The "Tiger King" star not only had a limousine primed and ready to take him to get a McRib at McDonald's, but also had hair, makeup and wardrobe waiting for him, according to KOCO News in Oklahoma City.

Exotic, whose real name is Joe Maldonado-Passage, gained instant fame after Netflix debuted "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," early last year. The show dove into the secret world of tiger enthusiasts, with Exotic's Oklahoma zoo prominently featured. 

The show blew up as people began quarantining in March. More than 64 million households tuned into the series.

Exotic was convicted of violating federal wildlife laws and targeting Carole Baskin, another big cat enthusiast featured on the show, in a murder-for-hire plot. He's serving 22 years in a federal prison based in Fort Worth, Texas. 

The news of Exotic being snubbed spread through Twitter with lots of GIFs and limo jokes.



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