Surprise! ‘Vote Trump’ burning of Mississippi black church proves to be another hoax

Surprise! ‘Vote Trump’ burning of Mississippi black church proves to be another hoax

Police in Greenville, Miss., have made an arrest in connection with the Nov. 1 torching of a black church that was spray-painted with the message “Vote Trump.” Unfortunately for the Left, it turns out the act was an inside job.

The Associated Press reports that police have arrested Andrew McClinton, 45, a parishioner of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, which was gutted by the fire set a week before the presidential election.

McClinton, who previously served eight years in prison for armed robbery, has been charged with first-degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

The fire marshal is quoted by the AP as having stated:

We do not believe it was politically motivated. There may have been some efforts to make it appear politically motivated.

Andrew McClinton
Andrew McClinton

The development no doubt leaves a bad taste in the mouth of CNN, which in its Nov. 3 coverage of the fire cum vandalism, included a link to a sidebar titled “History of hate: The burning of black churches,” and reported:

Mayor Errick Simmons said he spoke to some of the church’s 200 congregants who were fearful and felt intimidated. They felt the vandalism was not just an attack on the church, but on the black community, he said.

“It happened in the ’50s, it happened in the ’60s, but we’re in 2016 and that should not happen,” he said.

Imagine, all that liberal opprobrium wasted.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe page set up to help the church rebuild has since been removed. There is no word on the disposition of the $87,000 in donations collected before the hoax was exposed.

Here’s hoping in any case that Facebook doesn’t write this story off as “fake news.” The news is real; it’s the crime that’s fake.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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