Carole Baskin has reacted to the news Donald Trump did not pardon Joe Exotic. The former zoo-keeper was charged with hiring a hitman to kill her.

Carole Baskin has finally responded to news that Donald Trump did not pardon Joe Exotic.

Exotic – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage – is currently serving a 22-year sentence in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was convicted in 2019 of trying to hire a hitman to kill his zookeeper rival Baskin, as well as numerous animal abuse charges.

Baskin told BuzzFeed News : "I think only Joe’s team and the media were ever even thinking about a pardon for Joe."

"There is no benefit, other than a feeble attempt to deflect attention, for anyone to pardon someone who walked up to five tigers and shot them in the head in order to clear cage space for the circus, who was going to pay him to board their tigers during the offseason."

She added that Exotic is receiving the "equal justice" that he deserves.

Both Exotic and Baskin found fame in Netflix’s docuseries Tiger King. After it hit the streaming giant in March last year, it swiftly became a global phenomenon.

Joe Exotic’s legal team were so confident he would get a pardon from President Trump - they hired a limo and parked near his prison.

They even had hair and makeup at the ready.

"This time tomorrow, we’re going to be celebrating," Eric Love, who is leading Exotic’s bid for freedom, told Metro.co.uk in an interview Monday afternoon.

However it was not meant to be.

Trump did not name Joe Exotic, 57, Julian Assange, 49, or Edward Snowden, 37, who were all expected to be considered for clemency.

"I was too innocent and too GAY to deserve a Pardon from Trump," a tweet from Exotic read.

"I only mattered to Don Jr. when he needed to make a comment about me to boost his social media post. Boy were we all stupid to believe he actually stood for Equal Justice? His corrupt friends all come first."

After it was confirmed that Exotic was not getting a pardon - Twitter had a field day.

"You already know who Joe Exotic is going to blame for not getting pardoned..." one tweet read.

"Joe Exotic had a whole ass limo waiting and Trump was like ‘nah I’m good keep him in there,'" another added.

"There is no reason to pardon Joe Exotic . The guy is a psycho and guilty as hell. The idea that he should get a pardon because he was in a show everyone liked is just deranged," a serious tweet read.