President Donald Trump mentioned Wednesday he’ll “have a look” into pardoning Joe Unique, star of Netflix’s hit sequence “Tiger King,” at a coronavirus press briefing on the White Home. The off-topic query instantly drew an outcry on social media.
New York Publish reporter Steven Nelson requested Trump if he would contemplate pardoning Joe Unique –– aka Joseph Maldonado Passage –– in mild of the latest feedback made by Donald Trump Jr. throughout an interview with SiriusXM radio wherein he acknowledged that Unique’s 22-year sentencing appeared “aggressive.”
“(Joe Unique) is asking you for a pardon, saying he was unfairly convicted, mentioned Nelson. “Your son yesterday jokingly mentioned that he was going to advocate for it.”
Trump admitted that he had not seen the docu-series, which has garnered large media consideration since its premiere, and knew nothing about his case.
“Are you recommending a pardon? As a reporter you’re not allowed to do this,” Trump mentioned earlier than pointing his finger to a different reporter to ask their opinion.
Trump concluded by saying he would “have a look” on the Joe Unique state of affairs earlier than shifting his focus again to coronavirus.
However many observers felt the query by no means ought to have been requested within the first place. Nelson has sparked main controversy on-line from journalists and viewers who felt the query was inappropriate to ask throughout a coronavirus briefing.
Hundreds of thousands of individuals have tuned into “Tiger King: Homicide, Mayhem and Insanity,” which particulars the story behind the rivalry between Joe Unique and Carole Baskin over the remedy of untamed animals. Joe Unique was sentenced in January for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill Baskin and for animal welfare violations.
In the meantime, Fox introduced Wednesday that it’s airing an hour-long particular on April 13 from TMZ that can share new interviews and “never-before-seen footage” of the “Tiger King” story.