Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, pictured here at the Donald Trump “Thank You Tour” in November 2016 in Cincinnati, will be at a ceremony honoring ICE and border patrol officers, and roundtable dicussion talking about immigration issues on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in the East Wing of the White House. GREG LYNCH/FILE
Photo: Staff Writer
Photo: Staff Writer

Butler County sheriff backs Trump’s ‘leave’ America statement

On Sunday, President Trump wrote on Twitter that certain Democrat congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” The president defended his statements Monday, saying any condemnation of his comments “doesn’t concern” him. 

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On Wednesday, Sheriff Richard Jones echoed President Trump’s sentiments, saying, “If you’re not happy, you can leave.”
Three of the four congresswomen Trump referenced — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan. — are natural-born Americans. The fourth, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, became a naturalized citizen as a teenager after her parents fled Somalia. 

Jones issued a statement backing Trump through press release from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

“President Trump is not concerned that people are upset by his comment because he feels most people agree with him, as I do,” Jones said. “This is the greatest country in the world and if you are not happy here, then buy your one way ticket and go.” 


He also wrote on Twitter he would “chip in” for that one-way ticket out of the country.


Jones isn’t concerned with the fact that three of the congresswomen Trump referenced were born in America. In August 2015, the sheriff on MSNBC said he’d like to deport Americans.

“If I could deport Americans, I would,” Jones said in an interview on “All In with Chris Hayes.” 

When Trump was campaigning for president, Jones “was the one saying America wasn’t great,” said Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester, referring to Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign motto. “Nobody cares what he actually thinks, not even Trump.

“He spent eight years publicly whining about (President Barack) Obama. He didn’t leave the country,” Hester said. “It would be nice if the sheriff used taxpayer resources to actually fight crime for a change instead of using it for partisan campaign purposes because he craves attention.”

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