Exclusive: “Exotic” Joe Maldonado, who launched the 2024 presidential campaign from prison, wishes for the former President Trump He will face “arraignment while wearing an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs” following Thursday’s indictment.
“Former President Donald Trump, now that you’ve been indicted, welcome to the party,” Maldonado wrote on his Instagram. “Trump should go to trial in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs and be humiliated like the rest of us were, innocent or not.”
Maldonado, who is running as a member of the Libertarian Party, was jailed in 2018 after being found guilty of murder-for-hire charges and is fighting to prove his innocence as he runs in 2024 presidential race.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, the star of Netflix’s “Tiger King” said that while he respects the former president, Trump has “spent 4 years doing nothing to clean up the justice system, the prison system, or the FBI. So welcome to the party, friend.” …”
A New York grand jury indicted Trump on Thursday, following a years-long investigation into his alleged role in payments to adult movie star Stormy Daniels and model Karen McDougal during his presidential campaign.
“I hope he gets his sentence while wearing an orange jumpsuit and being restrained like everyone else who looks guilty right away,” Maldonado told Fox Digital in a statement.
Maldonado has insisted he is innocent after being found guilty of attempting to hire mass murderers to kill an animal rights advocate, and said he is committed to exonerating himself and plans to help “others who are stuck in this slow system and want to unite this country rather than tear it apart.”
Given that Trump and President Biden are under investigation for improperly storing classified documents, “what the hell is wrong with a guy escaping from prison?” Maldonado told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview earlier this week.
The “Tiger King” star has targeted Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantiswho succeeded Trump in opinion polls in early 2024 but has not yet announced his candidacy for the presidency.
“Ron DeSantis is a danger to this country. He’s wise with Disney, he’s proven it in other lawsuits he’s filed in Florida. If you don’t like his method, he’ll make a law and make it illegal for you. Very dangerous man.”
Exotic also said that when it comes to Trump, “It’s practical if he sometimes keeps his mouth shut because he blows a lot of smoke. I don’t think the election was stolen at all. I think people lost it. And if he’s passed the torch and gone away from a grown man instead If he suffers a heart attack, it is likely that he will be re-elected again.
“President Biden, he just needs to wake up, he and Vice President Harris, how do they want justice and prison reform in this country, and he has done nothing. … We have President Putin wanted. President Trump is about to be indicted. Hunter Biden and President Biden are under investigation What the hell is wrong with a guy escaping from prison?”
The United States Constitution provides only three requirements for running for president, none of which specifically preclude a candidate from running for office while in prison.
In 2020, Maldonado was sentenced to 22 years in prison for 17 counts of animal abuse and two counts related to charges that he hired someone to kill activist Carole Baskin. Despite his conviction, the tiger lover maintained his innocence.
He said, “I’ve never abused an animal in my life. I’m not here for animal abuse. I’m here for taking an endangered species without a permit.”
Maldonado said Convict him It is an example of the cause of “extreme corruption” in the country.
“I ran for office in 2016 and 2018. So this isn’t just a publicity stunt. Someone has to give the working class of this country a voice. Now that I’m seeing the insider on how corrupt this system is, the reality star said, ‘I can be that voice.'” “.
Maldonado said that if he won, he would pardon himself and every other prisoner convicted of similar charges because “I truly believe there are approximately 30,000 nonviolent offenders who need to go home and go back to their families.”
Exotic also responded to Angela McArdle, president Liberal partyafter telling TMZ his presidential campaign was “just tigers and glamor.”
“I have a lot of libertarian supporters who agree with me. … We’re not going to get everyone to agree to anything because you can’t be a Republican, you can’t be a Democrat, you can’t be a liberal and run a country with 330 million different kinds of people. We’re going to have to Stand in the middle, and we have to say, “You can do this, and you can do this, but let’s not hurt anybody.”
The Tiger King said voters should consider him president “if you agree that we need change.”
“And if you don’t, keep voting for the other people,” he said. “They keep this country in turmoil.”
When asked what qualities he thinks make him stand out among other candidatesMaldonado said he’s “not ashamed of who I am, and I’m not ashamed of anything I’ve done in the past. And I’m not ashamed of any mistakes I’ll make in the future. And I’ll tell you it’s a matter of whether or not you want to hear the truth. I’m not going to cover anything in sugar, and I will always be.” committed to all.
“It’s time for people in this country to wake up. You know, we can’t shake our religious belief that I have 300 million people down the throat. We have people from all over the world living here, and we all have to get along.”