Joseph Allen Maldonado, better known as Joe Exotic on the Netflix series The Tiger King, has announced his intention to run for president from prison.

He is currently serving a 21-year sentence in Texas for crimes related to a murder plot against wildlife activist Carol Baskin and violations of the Endangered Species Act.


Maldonado was expecting a pardon from former President Donald Trump after his son Donald Trump Jr. said he saw a meme of his father with Maldonado’s mullet.

The pardon was not granted, but Maldonado has remained a subject of public attention even from prison

“I am going to have a voice this time, whether it’s with the Libertarian Party or if I have to change it at the last minute to a different party, I’m going to make America listen to what’s really going on in this country,” Maldonado said. “What this country needs is a president that’s gonna say, f— this s–, we’re not gonna take this anymore.”

He even posted an announcement to his campaign site, saying that his stint in prison is a result of a plot against him.

“Thank you for your interest in my Campaign. Yes, 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.

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.

As seen by the evidence at, you can see that they have admitted to perjury and they even had a plot to kill me before they set me up. I hope that you would take the time to educate yourself before judging me any further than most of you already have, because during this campaign and my life, I have not, and will not, judge you. 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.

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 [Baskin] has killed over 226 big cats and most of you eat some kind of animal every day, so it’s time to move past this issue.

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 money calling it taxes, and give it away to foreign countries without them giving us anything back.”

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