Clinton, Trump comment on Greenville church burned, vandalized

Photo: Terrance Friday, WJTV
Photo: Terrance Friday, WJTV

GREENVILLE, Miss. (WJTV) — A Greenville, Mississippi church is getting national attention after it was burned and spray painted “Vote Trump” late Tuesday night.

Now, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are weighing in about the tragedy.

Trump’s campaign released a statement Wednesday about the fire.

“We are deeply saddened for the members of the Hopewell M.B. Church community and condemn in the strongest terms this terrible act that has no place in our society. We are grateful that no one was hurt and we urge witnesses with any information to come forward and help bring justice to those who are responsible.” – Trump Campaign

Hillary Clinton  tweeted about the church burning, saying she hoped that whoever is responsible is brought to justice.

The FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the arson and vandalism of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

A reward of up to $11,000 is being offered for anyone who has information about the incident.

The fire blackened the sanctuary’s pews, pulpit and walls, but the shell of the church is still standing. Bishop Clarence Green said his church has been around for more than 100 years. He’s not sure why they were targeted.

A GoFundMe account has  been set up for the church to rebuild. At last check, more than $180,000 has been raised.

 

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