‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Says He’s Running For President

‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic Says He’s Running For President State of Florida

Joe Exotic, the infamous “Tiger King” who’s currently behind bars until 2035, has announced he’ll be running for president. Obviously inspired by Donald Trump, he now knows that being a convicted criminal doesn’t bar you from holding political office. So, he’ll put himself forward as a Libertarian in 2024 and hopes to get Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, as his VP running mate.

In case you’ve forgotten or you’re simply not familiar, Joe Exotic is behind bars for hiring a hitman to kill Carole Baskin. However, he’s got his sights on bigger things like killing Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine.

What’s even more perplexing is that the Tiger King actually thinks he has a chance of taking the highest office in the land. His campaign website shows that several Instagram influencers support his presidential bid, which he believes counts for a lot. “If you look at my endorsements combined … with their supporters, I already have over 50 million people,” Exotic said, per the NY Post.

Can Joe Exotic really be president? He thinks so!

“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.”

Joe Exotic’s decision to run for president may be largely down to the fact that he can’t seem to find a political leader willing to let him out of prison. Trump failed to pardon him before leaving office in 2021, leading Exotic to brand him a “fool.”

However, he remains realistic and knows that he may not win. In that case, he hopes Trump wins so he can join his cabinet.

“If I don’t win, I would love to be in his cabinet, you know, because there is a medium ground, you don’t have to be a hard-ass-core-right or a hard-ass-core-left, okay?” he explained.

“I want to be secretary of state. You know, we got a lot of foreign issues we’ve got to take care of. We can’t keep babysitting everyone.”

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill