Ohio Electoral College voter and sheriff burns anti-Donald Trump letters in bonfire and then uploads video

'Got a lot of letters to burn', said the sheriff

Rachael Revesz@RachaelRevesz
Thursday 22 December 2016 11:02
Electoral College voter and sheriff burns anti-Donald Trump letters

Revenge tastes sweet, and slightly smoky.

A sheriff who had been chosen by the Republican Party to represent his state of Ohio in the electoral college then took his other "business affairs" in hand by lighting up a bonfire in his garden and throwing in all the anti-Trump correspondence he had received.

Richard Jones, sheriff of Butler County, posted several tweets to show people in the Buckeye State - and across the world - exactly what he thought of them.

In one video, the sheriff lights a cigar and pours liquid over a fire pit of white envelopes.

“Got a lot of letters to burn,” Mr Jones said in one video. “We've got our electoral votes and we got a new president.”

In the background, he has a Trump Pence sign pegged into his lawn.

Mr Jones re-tweeted positive reactions to his bonfire on social media, from people calling him a "patriot" and that "not all heroes wear capes". He said he had even received letters from France.

On the day of the vote, he told local news that he relished his role in history by casting his vote for the businessman.

“He's our leader, he's our president, and we've got to get behind him and support him,” he said.

Ohio was a large swing state in the election, with 18 electoral votes.

Over the noise of around 100 protesters outside the Columbus statehouse, no electors switched away from Mr Trump.

Mr Jones was one of at least 300 electors who did not break ranks with their party and cast their vote for another candidate. He stumped for Mr Trump at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"My job is to feed you raw meat here tonight," he said. "Am I doing OK?

"Don't believe what the pundits say when you watch these things on television and they tell you we're deplorables, we're terrible people."

Only one elector in Texas, Chris Suprun, said he would not vote for the president-elect as it would go against his religion.

Electors in Pennsylvania, a swing state with one of the largest counts of electoral college members, said they received thousands of calls, emails, letters and even books and papers from members of the public, urging them to vote for anyone else.

All electoral college votes will head to Washington DC and be counted in a joint session of congress.

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