California Sheriff Endorses Trump: ‘It’s Time We Put a Felon in the White House’

By: Alex Trent | Published: Jun 04, 2024

Sheriff Chad Bianco of Riverside County in California made a video post on his Instagram arguing why he is supporting Donald Trump in the election this November.

In the video, Bianco expresses dismay at the casual nature that the California government has with criminals, making people’s jobs like his harder.

Sheriff’s Video

Bianco started off the video by introducing himself to the people on Instagram and laying out his credentials.

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“Hello California, It’s Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco. You know, for the past 30 years I have been doing everything I could to keep our community safe by arresting criminals, putting them in jail, and putting them in prison,” Bianco said.


Criticizing Everyone

Bianco, sitting in what looks like a patrol vehicle in his uniform, describes the problem he has with the governor, the government, and everyone on the issue of crime.

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“This love affair that our governor and our state legislature have with criminals is based on the belief that criminals are not responsible for their own actions, that they are a victim of society, and really, it’s our fault,” Bianco said. “It’s society’s fault. It’s business’s fault. It’s cops fault, it might be my fault.”

On Governor Newsom

While Bianco acknowledges that many people are to blame for the current problems people experience, he also takes specific aim at Governor Newsom’s policies.

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“For the last 5 years, I have been very critical of our Governor for slashing our budgets from correction, for letting prisoners out early, for closing prisons,” said Bianco.

State Government Blamed

In his video, Bianco describes the problem with California’s state legislature, which he feels has been enabling the rise of criminality that many observe in areas of the state.

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“I’ve been critical of our state legislature for passing laws that make it harder to put people in prison…for their changing laws, that let prisoners out early, and I’ve been critical of our attorney general for seemingly not caring about crime,” Bianco said.

Systematic Racism

Bianco also takes aim at the idea that law enforcement is biased or part of a system of racism, saying instead it is criminals who are the ones who get the biased treatment.

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“And so they let them out, they give them food, they give them housing, they give them money, they give them drugs and alcohol now, and I gotta be honest, I’m getting tired,” Bianco said.


A Felon President

As he talks about Trump, Bianco delivers a sarcastic tone to suggest he is “switching teams” to now support a convicted criminal for president.

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“I think it’s time that instead of letting them out of jail and giving them alcohol and drugs and everything else, I think it’s time we put a felon in the White House,” said Bianco.


California’s Crime Rates

According to a Public Policy Institute of California fact sheet released in October, recent years have seen an increase in several types of crimes, including violent ones.

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The state has seen violent crime increase by 13% compared to its pre-Covid 2019 rate. Property crimes are also trending up, as well as gun crimes.


Hoping for Trump

Before signing off from the video, Bianco reiterates his support for Trump, feeling like he is capable of saving the country from the problems he described.

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“Trump 2024, baby,” Bianco said. “Let’s save this country and make America great again.”


California Supporters

In the comments, the sheriff’s supporters agreed with his message, thinking he was brave for making such a video.

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“I appreciate this, wholeheartedly. This poor man will take so much criticism for this, but it’s time the people of California rise up, and show the country that the majority of us are not insane! I hate the way that we are looked at as a complete joke by other states. The majority of California is red, yet we’re controlled by Sodom and Gamorrah (SF & LA). Time to put a felon in the White House,” one commenter wrote.


High Expectations

Some commenters thought the message resonated so well that called upon him to be the governor instead. The Press-Enterprise reported that Bianco had been considering a run for governor in 2026.

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“Awww man! I thought you were going to announce that you are going to run for Governor,” said one commenter. “Bianco for Governor,” said another.


Clueless Sheriff

Other commenters were not so thrilled with Bianco’s video, thinking that his opinions come off as lacking critical knowledge.

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“Systemic racism is not real? It’s very real! With your lack of knowledge, and your white privilege. Make America great again? When was it ever great for anyone but white people? It’s time for you to get educated on the truth really goes on. You’re clearly clueless,” a commenter wrote.