Another violent crime blamed on supporters of the incoming president has been proven a ruse.
The burning of an African-American church the week before the presidential election caused an eruption in claims of racism and hate blamed on supporters of President-elect Donald Trump.
While church members suffered, political race-baiters used the members’ loss as ammunition to blame Trump voters for the heinous crime.
Blame was pointed the wrong way, according to Fox News:
“We do not believe it was politically motivated. There may have been some efforts to make it appear politically motivated,” Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, who is also the state fire marshal, told AP.
Turns out, the real criminal is a member of the church who is black, according to WREG News Channel 3 in Mississippi.
State authorities made an arrest in the burning of an African-American church spray-painted with the words, “Vote Trump.”
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain said Andrew McClinton of Leland, Miss., who is African-American, is charged with first-degree arson of a place of worship.
McClinton was arrested Wednesday. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Miss., was burned and vandalized Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.
The church sustained heavy damage, and the words “Vote Trump” fueled the flames of hate within the media.
Mainstream media jumped on the story as they promoted racial divides and blamed Trump and his supporters.
Greenville is a Mississippi River port city of about 32,100 people, and about 78 percent of its residents are African-American.
After the fire, Hopewell congregants began worshipping in a chapel at predominantly white First Baptist Church of Greenville.
The church provided the community unity so many in media and politics can’t comprehend. Fox News reported how the churches came together.
The Hopewell bishop, Clarence Green, said last month the generosity of First Baptist demonstrates that “unlimited love” transcends social barriers. James Nichols, senior pastor at First Baptist, said the Hopewell members are welcome to stay as long as they need a home.
News of an arrest in this case should show people how not to rush to judgement before all the facts are in play.
Mainstream media should change its tune and give Trump his rightful opportunity to accomplish great strides for the country from the White House.