An African-American member of the congregation has been arrested for setting a November fire at a black church in Mississippi.

The fire made national headlines because it was set just a week before Election Day at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville.

The words "Vote Trump" were spray-painted on the exterior of the church and the incident was widely reported as potentially being a racially-motivated hate crime.

One headline following the Nov. 1 blaze stated that "A Black Church Burned in the Name of Trump." The fire prompted a swift condemnation on Twitter from Hillary Clinton, who wrote that "this kind of hate has no place in America."

On Wednesday, 45-year-old Andrew McClinton, reportedly a member of the congregation, was arrested and charged with first-degree arson.

Authorities said the arson was likely not politically-motivated, but the true motive remains unclear. A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for the church and more than a quarter-million dollars was donated in just a few days.

The page has since been removed and the church was demolished due to the heavy damage.


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