During the height of the 2016 presidential election a church in Mississippi was burned and the wording “Vote Trump” was painted on the outside of the building.
“The animus of this election cycle combined with the potent racial history of burning black churches as a political symbol makes this event something we must not ignore”.
The media sold the narrative of ‘Trump supporter hate’ as the origin of the crime. Today, it is revealed the arson was a politically motivated manufactured hate crime.
MISSISSIPPI – An arrest has been made in the Greenville church burning.
Andrew McClinton, 45, of Leland, was arrested Wednesday for setting Hopewell Baptist Church on fire and scrawling “Vote Trump” on the side in spray paint, according to Warren Strain with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. McClinton has been charged with one count of first degree arson of a place of worship, Strain said.
Strain said the investigation was ongoing and declined to comment further. A motive has not been released. The fire was set Nov. 1. The church is approximately six miles from McClinton’s residence.
The church was a total loss, according to Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. Two weeks after the fire, Brown said samples taken from the fire tested negative for accelerant but investigators still believe the fire was arson. (read more)