(DCWatchdog.com) – Joseph Maldonado, more widely known as Joe Exotic or the “Tiger King,” has announced he will run for president of the United States in 2024 even though he is serving a lengthy sentence in a Georgia prison.
Maldonado, who became famous, among other things, for starring in the Netflix documentary series “Tiger King,” said he would run for president as a Libertarian.
Joe Exotic’s announcement was made on Twitter on March 10, and he has a campaign website, Newsmax reported.
In 2019, Maldonado was sentenced to 21 years in prison on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two charges of attempted murder for hire after he sought to recruit executioners to kill wildlife activist Carole Baskin.
The report notes that the US Constitution does not prevent anyone convicted of a crime from running and becoming president. It only requires the candidate to be at least 35, a natural-born citizen, and have residency in the US for at least 14 years.
In 2018, the Tiger King ran as a Libertarian for governor of Oklahoma but failed to qualify beyond the party primary.
Maldonado, who recently divorced, told Fox News that the United States should amend its political and judicial system.
“Things have to be changed in our country, in our political system, in our Justice Department, our prison system,” Joe Exotic declared.
“Somebody’s got to start asking some real questions for the people that work their butts off in this country to pay the bills for these politicians to just keep paying this money away,” he added.
The controversial Libertarian vowed to center his presidential campaign around the notion that America’s role on the global stage should be reduced because working Americans shouldn’t bear responsibility for other countries.
“We have to quit policing the rest of the world, OK, and we have to quit funding everybody else’s culture,” Maldonado argued.
“It’s not the working people of America’s problem to take care of the rest of the world. We’re sending billions and billions of dollars to other countries for gender identity — for their wars, for their crap — and we’re cutting grandma and grandpa’s Social Security in America, and we have homeless vets, and it’s just — it’s ass-backwards,” he elaborated.
However, the 2024 presidential campaign of the Tiger King was condemned by the chairwoman of the Libertarian Party, Angela McArdle.
In a TMZ interview on March 19, she made it clear her party didn’t support Maldonado’s run.
“We stand for personal and economic freedom, we are not a landing pad for former reality stars and D-list celebrities,” McArdle said.
She slammed Maldonado’s failed 2018 candidacy for Oklahoma governor as having been “just tigers and glitter.”
"Tiger King" star Joe Exotic announced from a federal prison in Atlanta he will be running for president in 2024 as a Libertarian. https://t.co/BoRUrXvE16
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) March 27, 2023