A church burned in Mississippi, with “vote Trump” painted on the wall. Pro-Trump racists! Swastikas at Nassau County Community College. Pro-Trump neo-Nazis! About the latter incident, the Long Island Press wrote: “the latest discovery has further troubled minority and Jewish groups amid a surge of hate crimes across the country following the election of Donald Trump.”
But in both of these cases, reality was different from what it seemed. The Mississippi church was burned down by one of its members — a fake hate crime blamed on Trump and obviously meant to rally support for Hillary Clinton. The swastikas were painted by a Sikh who believed he had some grievance against the Jewish community.
Were any of the “surge of hate crimes across the country following the election of Donald Trump” actual hate crimes committed by actual Trump supporters? Probably not.
“Congregation member arrested in black church burning in Mississippi,” CBS News, December 21, 2016:
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi authorities arrested a man Wednesday in the burning of an African-American church that was also spray-painted with the words, “Vote Trump.”
Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, was charged with first degree arson of a place of worship, said Warren Strain, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. McClinton is African-American.
Strain said McClinton attended the church, CBS affiliate WJTV reports.
McClinton was arrested in Greenville, where Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church was burned and vandalized Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.
It was not immediately clear whether McClinton is represented by an attorney.
An investigation continues, but a state official said authorities don’t believe politics was 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 The Associated Press.
Greenville is a Mississippi River port city of about 32,100 people, and about 78 percent of its residents are African-American. While it’s not unusual for people of different racial backgrounds to work and eat lunch together, local residents say the congregations at most churches remain clearly identifiable by race.
Hopewell was founded in 1905 in the heart of an African-American neighborhood, and the congregation now has about 200 members. While some walls of the beige brick church survived the fire, the empty windows are boarded up and church leaders have said the structure will likely be razed. Rebuilding could take months….
“Man charged over string of racist graffiti incidents at New York college,” by Douglas Ernst, Washington Times, December 21, 2016:
Police at Nassau Community College arrested and charged a suspect linked to a string of racist graffiti incidents at the Long Island, New York, school over the last two months.
Jasskirat Saini, 20, of Plainview, New York, was charged with aggravated harassment on Wednesday for drawing racist messages on his college campus starting Oct. 15. Nassau County Police said they caught him on Tuesday drawing swastikas and KKK messages on the Garden City property.
“[Mr. Saini] told police he did it because he felt he was being harassed,” WABC reporter Diana Rocco told the station.
Nassau Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told reporters on Tuesday that 10 counts involving the suspect include 110 anti-Semitic drawings.
“It appears that this bigot was motivated by perceived slights of the Jewish community in his neighborhood in Plainview,” Mr. Krumpter said, the station reported….