Joe Exotic opens up after not receiving a pardon from Donald Trump

Joe Exotic have given a recent statement after learning that he was not getting a last-minute Presidential pardon from Donald Trump.

As the hours dwindled on Trump’s time in the White House, many expected the outgoing leader would offer the Tiger King star a ticket to freedom.

The former zoo owner’s legal team was quiet confident of him getting what he desired, but Exotic’s hopes were devastated when his name didn’t appear on a list of 73 names pardoned by Trump.

As he speaks out for the first time, Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, expressed his disappointment.

“I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first.”

Some of the people who were granted clemency includes Trump’s former advisor Steve Bannon, rapper Lil Wayne and artist Kodak Black.

Exotic was handed a 22-year-prison sentence in January 2020, having been convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records, and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.

It was very clear that his crimes were so serious and that his case was all everyone could talk about for months, it comes as a surprise that anyone thought he would get freed.