Tiger party for Biden: 'Tiger King' Joe Exotic's ex-manager offers to host fundraisers for Democrat's campaign
Joe Biden's campaign may not be the strongest presidential bid for a Democrat in history, but his fans are more than willing to help fix the problem.
In a recent interview with TMZ, 'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic's former campaign manager revealed how he wanted to help the former vice president raise tons of cash with some wild fundraising parties.
Joshua Dial, who was heavily featured in the Netflix hit docuseries, ran his former boss's failed campaign for governor of Oklahoma.
Speaking to the outlet, Dial revealed that the former zoo operator's political campaign would often rake in $5,000 to $10,000 for tiger parties catering to rich folks who wanted to impress their high profile guests.
According to Dial, a number of high-net-worth donors for Joe Exotic — real name Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — would pay top dollars to party the night away and play with tiger cubs. Joshua remembered how they would load a baby tiger into a large kennel in the back of a van before hauling it off to such private parties.
The former campaign manager said the tiger fundraiser parties were a massive hit and they organized a series of them when Joe ran for office in 2018.
And Dial also revealed that while Joe ran as a Libertarian, his party had a lot in common with the Democrats. Furthermore, being a fervent fan of Obama for years, Dial now wants a chance to work his magic for the Biden 2020 campaign.
Four years Trump's senior, Biden would be the oldest person ever elected president should he win. Yet his allies believe the skeptics will ultimately warm to his strong connections to the Obama years.
However, his constant gaffes during public appearances coupled with ugly engagements with individuals on campaign trails have considerably hurt the optics of his campaign.
On Super Tuesday, he had a confrontation with an Air Force veteran over his support to the 2003 Iraq War declared by the former George W Bush administration at a campaign stopover in California.
On Mini Tuesday, he had another face-off and this time, it was with an automobile worker at a plant in Detroit who accused Biden of wanting to confiscate guns from Americans. The septuagenarian was so irked that he even said the man was "full of s**t".
With a record that stretches half a century, Biden's challenges are easy to find.
Just days before Biden officially launched his 2020 campaign, he struggled to respond to claims that he touched 2014 Nevada lieutenant governor nominee Lucy Flores' shoulders and kissed the back of her head before a fall campaign event. A handful of other women have made similar claims, though none has alleged sexual misconduct.
Biden initially said he didn't recall the Flores incident but credited her of coming forward. He took a different approach in a subsequent statement, saying, "Never did I believe I acted inappropriately."
Biden later pledged in an online video to be "much more mindful" of respecting personal space but joked two days later that he "had permission" to hug a male union leader before addressing the group's national conference.
The episode offered a stark reminder of Biden's proclivity to gaffes and his long record in public office that has never felt the full glare of the spotlight that comes along with being a presidential front-runner.
With inputs from The Associated Press.