When a black church in Greenville, Mississippi was torched days before the presidential election, it became a regular rhetorical point in Hillary Clinton’s stump speeches as an example of the toxic political climate she was accusing Donald Trump of creating.
She attempted to rally black voters after the crime, vowing to crack down on “systemic racism.”
“We’re going to take on systemic racism with a real commitment and real follow through,” she said, Talking Points Memo reported on November 3.
“We’re not going to accept the status quo. What happened to that church in Mississippi yesterday should not be normal.”
She added, “Who would do that to a house of worship?”
She even tweeted her apparent outrage over the incident, claiming the “perpetrators” “must be brought to justice.”
The perpetrators who set the Hopewell M.B. Church in MS on fire must be brought to justice. This kind of hate has no place in America. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 3, 2016
Well, if Greenville police get their way, that’s exactly what will happen to Andrew McClinton.
Authorities have made an arrest after a Greenville church was set on fire in November.
According to Warren Strain, the Communication Director for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Andrew McClinton was arrested by Greenville Police. He is charged with one count of first-degree arson of a place of worship.
Strain said McClinton attended the church. He was taken into custody Wednesday.
Hopewell M.B. Church was burned November 1 and the words “Vote Trump” were painted on the building.
Authorities said he is being held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting his initial appearance.
“The charges that he received today, it was not a hate crime but we do not know if the federal government will pursue that as such because we do not have a motive yet,” Greenville city spokeswoman Kenya Collins tells The Clarion-Ledger.
So far, Hillary Clinton has not commented on the arrest, nor apologized to Trump supporters whom she not-so-subtly accused of torching the church.