Donald Trump should pardon Joe Exotic and himself to combat ‘radical left bloodlust’, says congressman

Patrick Kelleher November 26, 2020
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Joe Exotic fails to get a presidential pardon from Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Joe Exotic. (Getty/Netflix)

Republican congressman Matt Gaetz thinks Donald Trump should pardon himself and Tiger King star Joe Exotic before he leaves office in January.

Yes, you read that correctly.

When not making irresponsible claims about election fraud, Trump allies have spent their time making increasingly desperate comments as their grip on power comes to an end.

Speaking on Fox News, Florida congressman Matt Gaetz suggested the president should self-pardon to combat “radical left bloodlust”.

“President Trump should pardon Michael Flynn, he should pardon the Thanksgiving turkey, he should pardon everyone, from himself to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has to,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz continued: “Because you see from the radical left a bloodlust that will only be quenched if they come after the people who worked so hard to animate the Trump administration with the policies and the vigour and the effectiveness that delivered for the American people, so I think the president ought to wield that pardon power effectively and robustly.”

The bizarre clip has left people dumbfounded, with many taking to Twitter to mock the congressman for his bizarre comments.

Some pointed out that accepting a pardon from the president is essentially an admission of guilt.

Trump retweeted Gaetz’s claims – so the president thinks that he should pardon himself too, apparently.

Gaetz’s comments come after Trump pardoned his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who formerly pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As is tradition, the soon-to-be-ex-president pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys Tuesday (24 November), and was asked by a reporter if he would pardon himself. He ignored the question.

There is much speculation as to whether Trump would attempt a self-pardon, and whether one would even be constitutional.

Trump clearly thinks he has the right to do so, tweeting in 2018: “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?”

Bizarrely, this is not the first time the idea of a presidential pardon for Joe Exotic has been floated. The Tiger King star, who was convicted in 2019 on 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, has repeatedly called on Trump to give him a presidential pardon.

According to Exotic’s representative Eric Love, his legal team has been corresponding with officials in Washington DC in connection with arranging a pardon.

They’ve been chasing a pardon since April, when in a coronavirus briefing Trump suggested that he would “take a look” into the Oklahoma zoo owner’s case.


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