JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – WJTV caught up with Governor Phil Bryant to ask him how he felt about the church burning in Greenville.
“It’s bad enough for any type of structure to burned, but a church, is beyond my ability to comprehend. Who, how had any faith or any belief in God, or had ever been in a church, experienced the wonder of being in a church or worshiping, then, could set it on fire,” said Governor Bryant.
A church fire was at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Authorities responded to the scene Tuesday night around 9:00 p.m.
In addition to church being burned, the words “Vote Trump” were spray painted on the building.
This is now being investigated as a hate crime.
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson also released a statement on the Greenville church burning:
“The political message of the vandalism is an attempt to sway public opinion regarding the upcoming election … I encourage all citizens not to be deterred by this cowardly act and exercise your right to vote at the ballot box.”
Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann also commented on the church fire.
He says after speaking to authorities, he believes it is not politically charged.
“In this instance I want to make it clear that the initial work here indicates this is not of a political nature. Even though there may be something that says “Vote Trump” on the side of the church. So everybody needs to calm down here until we get to the bottom of this,” said Secretary of State Hosemann.