Black Suspect Arrested in Church Fire Spray-Painted “Vote Trump”

Before there was “fake news” there was “fake Trump inspired racism.”

The week before the presidential election a black church in Mississippi with the words “vote Trump” sprayed painted on its wall was set on fire.

Naturally, it was thought a white Trump supporting racist torched the church.


A black member of the church was arrested as a suspect for the crime and politics is not thought to be a reason for the fire.

The Washington Examiner posted an AP story:

An investigation continues, but a state official said politics did not appear to be the reason for the fire.

“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.

The story serves as a reminder that it’s really important not to jump to conclusions before an investigation is completed.