On Thursday’s episode of The View, the cohost, 35, discussed her love for the hit Netflix docuseries Tiger King, which covers the outlandish story of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic, aka the Tiger King) and other eccentric figures in the exotic animal–keeping world.
“I can’t stop watching this,” McCain said of the seven-episode show. “I actually watched it entirely, and now I’m watching it all over again.”
McCain said even though Maldonado-Passage, 57, is a convicted criminal — he was sentenced to 22 years in prison for concocting a murder-for-hire plot against a rival animal rights activist, among other crimes — she found herself consumed by his charisma, as depicted in the show.
“I will say that it’s interesting, because he has committed a lot of crimes and he’s definitely ethically nebulous, but he’s sort of this, like, folk hero to a lot of people, and I’m one of the people who has fallen in love with him,” she said.
The journalist said she almost supported a petition to have Maldonado-Passage pardoned.
“I actually considered signing the petition to have President Trump pardon him, but that just must be out of how obscenely bored I am in my house right now,” she said. “I didn’t do it.”
Greg Endries/Bravo; AP/Shutterstock Meghan McCain and Joseph Maldonado-Passage
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“‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic deserves a presidential pardon for being the only thing to distract me from the #coronapocolypse since the outbreak….,” she wrote.
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Rapper Cardi B sided with Maldonado-Passage on Twitter, writing that she intends to liberate him sooner or later. “Bout to start a gofundme account for Joe. He shall be free,” she tweeted on Saturday, saying “They did Joe so dirty over and over again” in another post.
Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is now available to stream on Netflix.