Trump jokes he’ll ‘look into’ pardon for ‘Tiger King’ after asked by reporter at virus briefing

President Trump on Wednesday was asked during his daily coronavirus press briefing whether he would consider a pardon for Joe Exotic, whose story was detailed in the hit Netflix series “Tiger King.”

New York Post reporter Steven Nelson noted in his question to Trump that the show is “one of the biggest rating hits of the coronavirus, aside from these briefings.” Nelson referenced that one of the president’s sons had quipped that Exotic deserved a pardon after receiving an “aggressive” prison sentence when he was convicted in a murder-for-hire plot.

“Must be Don. I had a feeling it was Don,” Trump responded, referring to Donald Trump Jr. “I know nothing about it.” 

“You think he didn’t do it? Are you recommending a pardon?” the president asked, going back and forth with Nelson, who made it clear he was not advocating a position either way.

“I’ll take a look,” Trump concluded.

The president then turned to CNN’s Jim Acosta, who dryly said he wanted to “get back to the coronavirus if I can.”

Nelson’s question drew differing opinions among journalists and those tuning in. Some supported the lighthearted inquiry, while others felt it was inappropriate given the nature of the virus.

“Tiger King” has become an internet sensation as Americans stay at home to try to limit transmission of the coronavirus. The main figure in the documentary series, Exotic, was sentenced to 22 years in prison earlier this year for his role in a murder-for-hire plot that targeted Carole Baskin, the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, who is also featured in the Netflix series.

Exotic was also found guilty of numerous wildlife violations.

Tags Big Cat Rescue CNN Coronavirus Donald Trump Donald Trump Jr. Jim Acosta Joe Exotic Netflix New York Post tiger king
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