Sheriff Offers 'One-Way Tickets' for Celebrities Who Threaten to 'Leave America'
Will help raise funds to pay for liberals who want to leave country if Trump wins election
An Ohio sheriff has offered to help pay for "one-way tickets" out of the country for liberal celebrities who are threatening to "leave America" if President Donald Trump wins re-election next month.
In a "press release" this week, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones added that he will "even help them pack" if they stay true to their promises.
Sheriff Jones, who is known for his bold statements, posted his offer on Facebook on Tuesday that was later followed by a live video of him laying down the gauntlet to liberal Hollywood.
"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 read.
"Hell, I'll even help them pack," the sheriff added.
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In the post, the sheriff notes how several 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 said before "extending the invitation."
Several celebrities - including John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Bruce Springsteen, and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee - have warned that they plan to leave the United States 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 gets 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.
"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 over 3,000 likes and more than 900 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 humor, while some noted that the sheriff was essentially supporting immigrants looking to move to a different country in search of a better life.
Sheriff Jones is known for his bold statements.
As Neon Nettle reported 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.