Jailed Joe Exotic has announced he will run for President of the United States in 2024 – with the star taking yet another swipe at his nemesis Carole Baskin in his first campaign message.
The 60-year-old – who is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence after being found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot against rival Baskin, urged fans to look past the fact he is ‘incarcerated and gay’ – and help him ‘take the country back.’
The Netflix star – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado – also told the public to ‘get over’ his killings of five aging tigers and slammed Baskin and charity PETA for allegedly killing animals.
He wrote: ‘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.
Exotic 2024: Jailed Joe Exotic has announced he will run for President of the United States in 2024 – with the star taking yet another swipe at his nemesis Carole Baskin in his first campaign message
Enemies: The 60-year-old is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence after being found guilty of a murder-for-hire plot against rival Baskin (pictured)
He continued: ‘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 has killed over 226 big cats and most of you eat some kind of animal everyday, 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.’
Pleading for the public to ‘put the past in the past’, he continued: ‘Everyone of you will be answered and listened to because this country is you–not them. We have let them run it for way to long and look at where we are?
‘This country would not even be as advanced as it is now if it was not for private hard working people and people with genius minds like Elon Musk and the ones that invented the internet, cell phones, and so on.
‘This wasn’t done by your senators or congressmen and women. All they have done is pass laws to take your rights and money away and treat you like you’re something beneath them, while they live high on the hog ripping everyone off and never paying the price for it.
He concluded: ‘So 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 one boyfriend at once and that Carole hates my guts.
Locked up: The Netflix star – real name Joseph Allen Maldonado – also told the public to ‘get over’ his killings of five aging tigers and slammed Baskin and charity PETA for allegedly killing animals
Official: Exotic’s candidacy means he joins confirmed Republican hopefuls Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley and Democrats Marianne Williamson and current President Joe Biden
‘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.
‘And yes, I have people in mind that can help run this country a hell of a lot better then they are now, so lets cross that bridge when we get to it.’
Exotic will run as a candidate for the Libertarian party which ‘seeks to maximize autonomy and political freedom, and minimize the state’s encroachment on and violations of individual liberties.’
Exotic’s candidacy means he joins confirmed Republican hopefuls Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy and Nikki Haley and Democrats Marianne Williamson and current President Joe Biden.
Exotic previously and unsuccessfully ran for President in 2016 and for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018.
This comes after it emerged the star’s medical team believe his prostate cancer has spread to his bladder, with the Tiger King star refusing treatment, reported TMZ.
Exotic revealed he recently had a lot of blood in his urine and has bled a lot during his cancer treatments in a letter obtained by the publication.
His urology specialist now believes the cancer has spread to his bladder and wants the star to have further testing to confirm this, but Exotic has reportedly decided not to have treatment, writing: ‘I want to stay here and just let it take its course.’
Exotic – whose real name is Joseph Maldonado- also writes: ‘The world has to know just how corrupt our justice system is … If I have to be the one to die innocent in here fighting for the truth maybe people around the world will finally speak up for the truth for once.’
Referring to his fiance Seth – who has left everything to in a new will, he said: ‘I could care less about dying, my birthday is coming up soon and all I want is to see Seth.’
Exotic got back together with former flame Seth last June and has now revealed that he doesn’t want anyone from his family to have anything when he dies.
Joe said, ‘I’m so tired of everything that’s going on there with people trying to exploit me and trying to write off my name and everything else.
‘So I have my attorney Autumn Blackledge, she is the executor of the will, and I don’t want any of my will or Jeff Lowe, nobody to be able to get anything from me. Trademarks, copyrights, I just gave everything to my fiancé, Seth Posey.’
He continued, ‘He has been there every day for five years. I know everything about Seth, I talk to his mom and I talk to everybody.
‘All these people who try to f*** with other people, just give it up because I gave it all away. And if something happens to Seth, it is in the will that it goes to his son,’ said Joe.
The former zookeeper – who shot to fame alongside Carole on the Netflix documentary series ‘Tiger King’ – was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2021 and went on to reveal that he has signed a DNR with the Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth.
He explained that he wants former co-star John Reinke to take care of the funeral plans with his fiancé by with the help of a GoFundMe page before scattering his ashes next to those of his late husband Travis Maldonado, who took his own life at the age of 23 in 2017.
Battle: This comes after it emerged the star’s medical team believe his prostate cancer has spread to his bladder, with the Tiger King star refusing treatment, reported TMZ
Fiance: Referring to his fiance Seth – who has left everything to in a new will, he said: ‘ I could care less about dying, my birthday is coming up soon and all I want is to see Seth’
Speaking to TMZ on the phone from his prison cell in Texas, he said: ‘It has been five years since ‘Tiger King’ and since I got arrested. I am the only Tiger King, I am the only one who will ever be the Tiger King! Okay? So move on!
‘The only thing that I wanna make very clear to the world is that when I die – I’ve been through cancer, I’ve been through five years of prison – I’ve signed a DNR with the prison. No one is going to resuscitate me, okay?
‘I want everyone to know that John Reinke has to raise a GoFundMe for my funeral, alright? And to have me cremated and to have a funeral and scatter my ashes where Travis’s are at the lake. And whatever is left over, I want him and Seth to split it.
‘He’s been stuck with me all this time and Seth has been with be. There are so many of us in here who don’t belong in here and we should be with our families, so I appreciate your support. Be my voice!’
In November 2022 Exotic claimed he is living ‘in the bottom of hell’ as he complained about alleged dangerous living conditions inside an Atlanta federal prison.
In impassioned posts from behind bars at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta, the former G.W. Zoo owner claims he is being subjected to deplorable living conditions in prison, was denied basic sanitary items and threatened with stints in solitary – as he begged his ‘millions of fans’ to help him secure release.
Exotic also declared he will be forced to run for President in 2024 if he remains ‘unheard’ – he previously ran in 2016.
Posting a snap of himself with a newborn lion cub, he wrote: ‘I have officially landed at the bottom of hell, at the Federal Prison in Atlanta GA. Senator Ossoff, Warnock and Walker are all lying to you Black Voters of Georgia because the Animals at the Atlanta Zoo are living better then your loved ones are in here I promise.’
He shared a screenshot of a letter sent to Atlanta Uncensored News in which he again begged for a presidential pardon.
It was captioned: ‘Since being in custody I have seen more #drugs then I ever saw on the street, I watched young and old people die from overdoses, kill themselves and die from lack of medical care.
‘This would not be allowed at any #zoo governed by the United States Department of Agriculture. #fixthiss**t #hearmeroar #tigerking #innocent #hostage #usa #pardonjoeexotic @atluncensorednews.’
The letter read: ‘I would love to mail you a letter but you cannot get an envelope here, paper nor a stamp here to do that with am sending you an email of thanks for helping keep my voice alive not just for me but the over 155,000 other humans living in this hell we call American justice.
‘After your story broke they threatened to lock me down for causing a mess in the media and was called into the Administrators office for nearly an hour.
‘They met at least my needs of providing me with soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and toilet paper, however I still have no shampoo or a razor to finish cleaning up with and this was only done for me , the rest of the people in need have still been overlooked.
‘The Administrator seemed to care about what my complaints were but let’s see if anything changes once I am gone and things go back to normal around here.
‘The people not only of Georgia but all over the USA must keep my voice alive for me and their loved ones living in the hell of America Federal Prisons. I cannot do this alone.’
‘Since being in custody I have seen more drugs than I ever saw on the street. I watched young and old people die from overdoses, kill themselves and die from lack of medical care.
‘This would not be allowed at any zoo governed by the United States Department of Agriculture. There should be a law that NO politicians can own or invest in any product made or sold to a prison.
‘There are too many hands in the cookie jar here in America. There are three things that should happen here because the evidence at www.joeexoticusa.co/evidence proves I am innocent and the Government knows it
‘1 – President Biden should do the Democrats a favor and sign my pardon and make good on his promise to reform the Justice System and Prison System and allow me to testify in front of Congress as to how to fix some the problems with both Systems
‘2- Senator Lankford should demand a prisoner swap, me for the Big Cat Safety Act, since he is the hold out of keeping it from passing and everyone knows this is why I am really here and do the Republicans a favour and make this happen and allow me to go home and testify in front of Congress
‘3 – If neither happen, I will be forced to run for President of 2024 from federal prison as a Libertarian and make this country listen to me about the corruption in both institutions which we expect Ms Peter to have me locked down in solitary to shut me up which will be the worst mistake that could ever be made because the millions of fans I have all over the world will not just sit by and watch this happen.’
He continued: ‘Just to clear things up… I have never offered any undercover FBI agent $10,000 and their hitman Allen Glover has admitted to perjury and that they had a plot to kill me first, which opens the question why am I still in here and he is not?
‘Again, go look at all the new evidence. And last my fiance lives in Arkansas not Texas. I just want the truth to get out about everything and I want to be the voice of everyone in this system living like animals. America cannot complain about Russia’s prison system or its justice system until we fix America’s.
Dailymail.com has contacted the United States Department of Justice for comment.
Back in August Exotic revealed his hopes that his new friendship with 90 Day Fiancé’s Jesse Meester could bring him one step closer to President Biden granting him clemency.
The felon shared a shirtless snap of the reality star, 29, who he called an ‘amazing dear friend.’
‘You will see him around on my stuff more and more as he is going to help me get a voice to the White House for President Biden to sign my pardon before November of this year,’ the disgraced zookeeper captioned the image.
In response, the 90 Day alum left a comment under the post, in which he praised Exotic for his resilience.
‘We love you too Joe! People close to you turned their back on you, but not us. You helped many people through lockdown and we should never forget the truth and authenticity you lived your life with,’ Meester wrote.
The reality star concluded: ‘It’s sad that the backstabbing and lying has become the norm [in] this society. Time to unite and fight back to get you out.’
In November, Exotic requested a prison release in order to seek treatment another he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
‘Update [sad face emoji] Everyone, It is with a sad face that I have to tell you the doctors called me in today to break the news that my prostate biopsy came back with an aggressive cancer, I am still waiting on the results from other test as well,’ he told his followers.
Exotic continued: ‘Right now I don’t want anyone’s pity and I’m sure Carole Will have her own party over this! What I need is the world to be my voice to be released, they have the proof I DID NOT DO THIS!’
In January 2020, a federal jury found him guilty on two counts of hiring someone to murder Baskin in Florida, on eight counts of violating the Lacey Act by falsifying wildlife records, and on nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act by killing five tigers and for selling tigers across state lines
Back in August 2021, he revealed that his prostate cancer may have spread to his stomach and pelvis and prefers to die if it is stage three or four as he criticized the US criminal justice system over lack of medical treatment for prisoners.
At the time, the zoo owner said that he has not had any treatment in jail – as he serves a 22 year prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texas – since his diagnosis months ago and fears that the cancer has spread.
Cancer: In November, Exotic requested a prison release to seek treatment as he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer
On August 9, Exotic told The Sun: ‘I have been waiting for a colonoscopy and endoscopy since October. Medical treatment in a prison is worse than at any humane society for dogs.’
The American media personality was convicted on 17 federal charges of animal abuse and two counts of attempted murder for hire in his plot to kill nemesis and Big Cat Rescue owner, Carole Baskin in 2019.
The case was the focus of highly-popular 2020 Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness.
Exotic explained that he was recently forced to undergo a CT scan last week and the results were not encouraging.
He said: ‘They are concerned it is in my stomach and pelvis. I have not had any treatment or anything since May. I puke when I pee – the pain is that bad.
‘I’m losing weight all the time and the pain in my hip and pelvis hurts. I limp to walk. And my stomach has hurt for over a year.’
The Netflix star said that he hopes to be taken to a specialist medical center for ‘many tests’ including a ‘biopsy of my prostate and bladder, colonoscopy and endoscopy.’
However, Exotic says that he will refuse medical treatment if the disease has progressed to stage three or four.
Controversial: The case was the focus of highly-popular 2020 Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness
He explained: ‘When we find out where and how bad it is I will decide if I am going to do treatment. If it’s stage three or four I am going to let it take me.’
Exotic also criticized the US criminal justice system over lack of medical treatment for prisoners as he accused prison doctors of ‘not giving a s***.’
He told the publication: ‘This is crazy how they put people in here and just let you die.
‘The things that I’ve seen and the dead people I’ve seen wheeled out of here is outrageous and it’s time that our president and our politicians hear the truth.’
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