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Joe Exotic Announces Presidential Run From Prison: Put Aside I Am Gay

Joe Exotic Announces Presidential Run From Prison: Put Aside I Am Gay

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"I know I am in Federal Prison and you might think this is a joke but it's not.

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No this is not a 2020 flashback,Tiger King star Joe Exotic has announced his 2024 bid for the President of the United States.

You might remember the personality from Netflix's shocking 2020 documentary that became a worldwide phenomenon during the pandemic. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, is currently serving a 22-year sentence for hiring a hitman to kill his archenemy, Carole Baskin, along with 17 counts of animal cruelty.

But prison isn't stopping him! "I know I am in Federal Prison and you might think this is a joke but it's not. It is my Constitutional right to do this even from here," he wrote on his website.


Despite his crimes, Exotic still proclaims he was put in jail wrongfully and took the time to point that out in his official campaign announcement. "I have been put here only because of the corruption in the Department of Justice, three felons that were told how to lie under oath to further this agenda, two corrupt Assistant U.S. Attorneys, two corrupt FBI Agents. and one corrupt Federal Wildlife Agent." He then links to evidence that allegedly proves that he was set up. "That is why I am doing this, to finally give you a voice and your freedom back without fear of living in a country that thinks they own you and can tell you how to live your life."

He also calls for folks to "get over" the animal cruelty charges. "The only thing I did was put five very old, crippled tigers to sleep in the most humane way possible and it was approved by my USDA Inspector, so it's time to get over it. PETA kills thousands of animals a year. Carole has killed over 226 big cats and most of you eat some kind of animal everyday [sic], so it's time to move past this issue."

Then we finally get to the meat and bones. "I am here because I have a world platform to make these politicians listen to your and my concerns and give us some answers for once because all they do is lie to all of us, take our hard earned [sic] money calling it taxes, and give it away to foreign countries without them giving us anything back," he writes, then gives readers a call to action.

"Put aside that I am gay, that I am in prison for now, that I used drugs in the past, that I had more then [sic] one boyfriend at once and that Carole hates my guts. This all has not a thing to do with me being able to be your voice. The best thing you have going for supporting me is that I am used to fighting my whole life just to get by. I am broke, they have taken everything I ever worked for away, and it's time we take this country back."

If you're worried he might not have a plan, don't be. "I have people in mind that can help run this country a hell of a lot better then [sic] they are now, so lets [sic] cross that bridge when we get to it."

Moving! Exotic will certainly not have our vote!

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!