Authorities say a fire that caused minor damage to former president Bill Clinton’s first childhood home in Hope, Ark., may have been arson.
Hope Police Department Chief J.R. Wilson said a motorist spotted flames early Friday at the Clinton Birthplace National Historic Site. Wilson said that when firefighters arrived a short time later, flames were shooting 8 feet into the air on one side of the structure, a two-story white frame house.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that the fire was quickly extinguished and only one interior room was damaged by flames. Wilson said there was graffiti found at the scene, with footage from the scene showing a large painted frown with a protruding tongue on the exterior of a door leading to the inside of the home.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, with arson suspected in part because of a smell of accelerant at the scene. “It looks like that [the fire] was started intentionally at this time," Hope Fire Department Chief Dale Glanton told Shreveport, La., station KSLA. "So it will be investigated and handled as a potential arson fire."
I would say it's a safe bet to assume this was arson.
It is also a safe bet to assume that this will not be the last attack on the Clintons, their reputations, or their property.
The fact is that the closer we get to the nomination and the 2016 election, the more crazed the rhetoric against the Clintons will become, and more unhinged the people who listen to it and believe it.
I will also suggest that it is quite possible that the conservative rage against a President Clinton could very well match the conservative rage against President Obama.