The Tiger King deserves the same treatment he gave his animals, says Carole Baskin - and that doesn't include the presidential pardon.
Joe Passage's arch-nemesis "Exotic" was delighted if not surprised that outgoing President Donald Trump did not include incarcerated Netflix docuseries feature in its long list of last-minute pardons and commuted sentences.
“I think only Joe's team and the media even thought of a forgiveness for Joe,” Baskin told BuzzFeed News. "There is no benefit, other than a weak attempt to distract, for anyone to forgive someone who has walked up to five tigers and shot them in the head in order to free the cage space for the circus, who was going to pay him to ship their tigers during the offseason.
The Exotic legal team were so confident that the 57-year-old - who is currently serving a 22-year sentence for his role in a murder plot against Baskin - would receive one of the Trump's many pardons that they prepared a limousine and a beauty team.
“This time tomorrow we are going to celebrate,” said Eric Love, who is leading Exotic's candidacy for freedom. Metro.co.uk in an interview Monday afternoon. "We have good reason to believe this will happen."
This optimism turned out to be misplaced.
“It is the president's constitutional right to forgiveness and we must accept and respect his use of discretion. Our mission is fair and ongoing, ”Exotic lawyer Francisco Hernandez wrote on Facebook when it was revealed that Exotic would not be pardoned.
Exotic reportedly wrote a tweet with a much more bitter response.
Baskin, however, believes Exotic is getting exactly the “equal justice” he deserves. "Tigers are the world's favorite animal and Joe Schreibvogel Maldonado Passage is right where he is: in a cage," she told BuzzFeed.