Yes, a reporter asked Donald Trump about a pardon for ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

Coronavirus Task Force press briefing at the White House

CB is the one who watched Tiger King. I’m going to continue to skip all things Tiger King-y in favor of my beloved Ancient Aliens binge-watch (my dreams keep getting weirder and more alien-y though). From what I gather, everyone involved in Tiger King is a dirtbag and a horrible person and people probably wouldn’t be obsessing over it this hard if we weren’t in the middle of a global lockdown. But does it follow that reporters should ask f–king Donald Trump about pardoning Joe Exotic??

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.”

[From The Hill]

Steven Nelson at the New York Post needs to have his credentials revoked. I honestly believe that most of legitimate White House reporters need to sit out the White House Nazi rallies anyway – they’re not actually providing real news, and Trump is feeding on the attention. As for the Tiger King question specifically, it did not go over well. People are f–king dying.

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  1. Esmom says:

    Don’t get me started. Don Junior, of course, tweeted about this and it came across my feed. The number of people who thought this was “cute” and brought “much needed humor” to the press briefings was astonishing. I had to stop myself from smashing my computer.

    • Gemma13 says:

      “I had to stop myself from smashing my computer”- I feel this, on a daily freaking occurrence.

      • Esmom says:

        I’m pretty much the same although Don Junior makes me extra ragey.

        Speaking of which, I remembered another part of that Tweet thread that made my blood boil — all these people insisting that the media in general was finally softening and seeing Trump as the genius he actually is. Gah.

    • Mac says:

      This put me over the edge. 2000 people died yesterday.

  2. grabbyhands says:

    Good to know he has planted shills to softball him questions about a TV show when people are dying.

  3. ChillyWilly says:

    I just…that Wendy Williams meme above sums up my feelings on this matter.

  4. Seraphina says:

    Let’s be honest, Tiger King related questions are far in the realm of Trump’s capabilities to answer then anything else going on in the world today.

    • Giddy says:

      This is frighteningly true. His tiny brain (to match tiny hands and tiny tallywacker) is stressed out by any subject deeper than television ratings.

      • Seraphina says:

        I cringe when I think his press conferences are shown all Over the world and they see what he is like and that he is at the helm.

  5. keroppi says:

    To be fair, considering all the time that Trump has since he is not golfing anymore, you know he is binge watching Netflix

  6. Allergy says:

    So, what else is going on while everyone is focused on corona and Tiger King? I know Trump and his vile kids are abusing this situation, but how? They need to be monitored closely.
    I can’t watch the briefings, I can’t stomach orange vomit’s tiny waving hand or his pervy whisper voice.

  7. Mumbles says:

    I was surprised and a bit relieved that Trump honestly seemed to have no idea what that was all about. And even he seemed to think it was stupid.

    • Esmom says:

      And kinda threw Don Junior under the bus for the connection to it, lol.

      • Julie says:

        I don’t think the universe could handle Joe Exotic and Donald Trump in the same room. That much chaotic energy in once place would not be safe

      • Purplehazeforever says:

        I laughed at that part…must be Don.

      • Mumbles says:

        It kind is an acknowledgement that Don is the moron in the family. SNL has always portrayed Eric as the dummy but all accounts of the family say that he’s not that dumb, that Don is the idiot.

  8. KellyRyan says:

    Anything for a media grab to distract from his losing an election, Deutshe Bank, Mar A Lago failure. Consistent liar amongst a family and administration of liars.

  9. Frida_K says:

    So some little white boy is going to throw a soft-ball question and he gets an answer? Huh. Yet meantime, when the woman of color and/or the Asian woman asks smart questions, they get belittled and attacked.

    Why does this not surprise me?

    This little güero has that same gormless and plastic look as Jared. No wonder IMPOTUS responded to him the way he did. He recognizes this kind of person and gets on just fine with them.

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      That was something I noticed…that he looks like Jared’s dead eyes. Somewhere, here I believe, someone called him BLOTUS (Biggest Liar of the US) and I love it!! He is bloated, he is a liar, and he is of the United States. I will never refer to him as anything else. He is not impotent, so I don’t think that moniker hurts him/them as much as BLOTUS, which seems way more triggering for his supporters (truth hurts, eh?)

  10. Sean says:

    I’m feeling low today. I was absolutely disgusted at the situation in Wisconsin. Then, I read about a store clerk who died from Covid-19. His employer considered him an essential employee but didn’t provide masks, hand sanitizer or any other form of protection. The clerk had cerebral palsy and apparently that’s a condition that makes one susceptible to contracting the virus.

    I have CP and while I am lucky to have a very, very mild form and I can work from home, this still hit me quite hard.

    But this, this was the cherry on top of the sundae. The president being asked about and considering Joe Exotic during the worst health crisis this generation’s seen. Because that’s what is important right now.

    I swear, if someone tried to write this into a drama they’d be considered a hack. We haven’t even hit rock bottom yet.

    • Allergy says:

      Yeah, we have not hit rock bottom yet. I think this month will be really rough.

    • Esmom says:

      Oh Sean, my heart goes out to you. I’m glad you can work from home. My college age kids have conditions that make them more susceptible, too, and while I’m glad to have their angry faces home now I’m already worrying about them going back to their campuses in the fall.

      I was also thinking just yesterday the same about how no writer could possibly make up anything this appalling and unbelievable.

      • Sean says:

        Thank you for the kind words, ESMOM. Thankfully my CP is extremely mild, my immune system is strong and I eat healthy foods and stay active most of the time. I also limit trips to the store, etc.

        I’m in a better position than most and I don’t take it for granted.

        I’m happy to hear you and your family are healthy. I hope it will stay that way.

  11. Joanna says:

    Idk why these journalists are even f2cking w this POS. I have mad respect for Jim Acosta, je is a true journalist. Asking the hard questions and calling the POS out on his bullshit

  12. Mireille says:

    The New York Post is a Trump-supporting, racist garbage POS paper owned by right-wing jackazz Rupert Murdoch. I’m a New Yorker and I HATE HATE HATE the Post. Of course, they are going to lob softball questions to Trump. They think he’s doing a GREAT JOB!!! They will most likely endorse him for president as they did last time. In today’s headlines at the Post, they made fun of Biden. Never mind New York lost almost 800 citizens to Covid-19 in one day this week but the POST decides to MAKE FUN OF BIDEN!!! Again, POS rag.