Updated: Jun 30
Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as "The Tiger King" has announced his candidacy for president of the United States in 2024. Never mind that he still has 21 years left on his prison sentence for trying to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill his arch nemesis, Carole Baskin. Both were operating zoos that featured tigers, and apparently Joe became so jealous of Carole that he decided to off her. I guess he didn't think there was enough room in the country for 2 tiger zoos.
It turns out that Joe is perhaps one of the more sane candidates when you look at some of the others who have announced.
There's Donald Trump who was impeached twice, has told more lies than any other known public figure, has multiple lawsuits against him, who continues to claim the presidency was stolen from him in 2020 even though all 50 Secretaries of State, Republican and Democratic alike, certified their state's elections - and who lost close to 70 court cases challenging the results.
Then there's Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who is running around banning books from libraries, who just recently decided that it's fine if Russia wins the war and takes over Ukraine, who wrote a "Don't Say Gay" law, and who loves to use the word "woke".
Let's not forget about Nikki Haley who thinks there ought to be a qualification test for anyone over 75 before they can be elected, Vivek Ramaswamy who thinks that ESG's are the worst thing since unsliced bread, and finally Mike Pence who stood a few steps behind Trump for 4 years and presumably condoned everything the president did including ripping children from their mother's arms, many of whom were never seen again - and then barely escaped a hanging for his trouble.
All things considered, The Tiger King seems just as competent as the rest of them.