Riverside Sheriff Says “It’s Time to Put a Felon in the White House”

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco has been chasing down criminals for more than 30 years. Now, he admits he’s “changing teams.” In a tongue-in-cheek video that's gone viral on social media, RivCo’s chief law enforcement officer urged voters to “put a felon in the White House” this November.

Bianco was of course referring to former president Donald Trump, who was convicted of 34 felony counts in his hush money trial last week. In a unanimous decision, the jury voted to convict on all charges filed by New York prosecutors, underscoring the strength of the state’s criminal case. 

Bianco is a longtime Trump supporter and was once a member of the Oath Keepers, so his call to “Make America Great Again” is no surprise. It’s the brazenness that’s noteworthy. Just two weeks ago, Bianco stated: “We cannot have a country without respect for law enforcement and an adherence to the law and order of our country. There must be consequences for criminal behavior. It’s time to make crime a crime again.”

In his latest video, Bianco did not dispute Trump’s guilt. He didn’t even argue — as many Trump supporters have — that the case was politically motivated and should have never gone to trial. Instead, Bianco made light of the unprecedented situation the country finds itself in, and his own about-face on respecting the rule of law.

California’s criminal justice system is at a crossroads. After years of progressive reforms, many Californians want to see a tougher stance on crime. Restoring law and order will be a central theme in Bianco’s long-shot bid for governor. He’ll have to square that with his vocal support for America’s most famous convicted felon.