Authorities are now investigating the burning and vandalism of a historic church in Greenville as a hate crime.
Tuesday night, at 9:15 p.m. authorities responded to the scene of the 111-year-old Hopewell M.B. Church. The church was not only burned, but also vandalized with the words "Vote Trump" spray painted on the side of the building.
Officials said during a press conference held on Wednesday that the incident is now being investigated as a hate crime and Greenville Police Chief Freddie Cannon called the incident "a form of voting intimidation".
We're told that there is heavy fire, water and smoke damage in the sanctuary of the church. The pastor's study and the kitchen also were damaged.
What's more this was found in the yard of the suspect named in the case of the murder of those two police officers in Iowa.
I think this is just the beginning.Neighbor tells me that shooting suspect Scott Michael Greene put this Trump sign in his yard approx 2 weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/8HjtthB51I— Grant Rodgers (@GrantMRodgers) November 2, 2016
I would bet that we are going to see a lot more of this kind of aggression directed at minorities, government employees, black churches, mosques, and Democratic headquarters all the way up to November, and afterwards.
And that will be true whether Donald Trump gets elected or not.
He has opened the door into a type of ugliness that will be in no hurry to run back and hide in the shadows anytime soon.