An Ohio sheriff has offered to help raise funds for one-way tickets for celebrities who have said they want to leave America if president Trump is re-elected.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones posted a ‘press release’ on Facebook on Tuesday that was later followed by a live video of him making the offer.
‘Sheriff Jones would like to extend an invitation to put money towards a one-way ticket for any celebrity that would like to leave the country this time around if President Trump is re-elected,’ the post – styled to look like a news release – read.
‘Hell, I’ll even help them pack,’ the sheriff added.
Addressing celebrities who have said they would leave the U.S. if president Trump won a second term in a Facebook live video, Jones – wearing a sheriff’s hat (pictured) – said he would be willing to ‘throw in $10 to help get you a flight’
In the post, the sheriff noted that some celebrities threatened to leave before the election in 2016 were Trump to be elected.
‘It is believed not one celebrity left then and it appears the same threats are being made this election year,’ he wrote, before ‘extending the invitation’.
Several celebrities – including Bruce Springsteen and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee – have said that they plan to leave the U.S. if Trump wins next month’s presidential election.
In a Facebook live video, Jones – wearing a sheriff’s hat with a backdrop of an American flag and a Butler County sheriff badge on the wall – Jones reiterated his comments.
Jones said that he and his office have been asked by many people about the ‘celebrities that are coming out, movie stars, sports figures, people that live in our country that said they’re going to leave if president Trump get elected.
‘They’re going to leave this country, they’re embarrassed for their country, they’re ashamed of their country, and I thought that I would address those issues today, as your sheriff.
Jones posted on Facebook in the style of a news release saying that he ‘would like to extend invitation to put money towards a one-way ticket for any celebrity that would like to leave the country’ (pictured)
‘These are mostly the same people who don’t like police, that don’t like first responders,’ Jones claimed, adding: ‘I hope you do leave.’
‘If there’s any way that I can help, I’m not a rich person, but I would be willing to throw in $10 to help get you a flight or whatever it takes – a ship ride – to whatever country of your choice, and maybe you can make a better life there in that country.
‘This is the greatest country in the world to live, regardless of who the president is. You don’t always get to choose the winner that you vote for, but it’s the greatest country in the world to live.
‘We have great police, we have great first responders, but these people are trying to tear down our country.
The sheriff’s post has so far received almost 3,000 likes and over 820 comments, with many followers of the Sheriff’s office supporting Jones’ statement.
Others took his statement to be more tongue-in-cheek, praising him for his humour, while some noted that the sheriff was essentially supporting immigrants looking to move to a different country in search for a better life.
The sheriff’s post has so far received almost 3,000 likes and over 820 comments, with many followers of the Sheriff’s office supporting Jones’ statement
Sheriff Jones is known for his bold statements. Early last month, he issued a warning to people who ‘abuse police,’ saying ‘you shoot at police, expect us to shoot back.’
‘I will not allow my deputies or any law enforcement officer in Butler County to take the abuse I have seen over the past several months,’ he said in September.
He also made headlines in July for a post about Ohio’s statewide mask mandate, introduced in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
‘I am not the mask police,’ Jones said at the time.