Church in Latino-heavy D.C. suburb vandalized with 'Trump nation whites only' message

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Diocesan officials say an Episcopal church in a heavily Latino suburb of Washington has been vandalized with a racist message that mentions President-elect Donald Trump.

Jim Naughton, a spokesman for Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde (BUD-ee) of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, says the vandalism occurred Saturday night at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring. He says a banner advertising the church's Spanish-language service was slashed, and the words "Trump nation. Whites only" were written on the back.

Naughton says the same phrase was written on a brick wall in the memorial garden of the parish.

The bishop was scheduled to visit the parish Sunday afternoon and stand in solidarity with the rector of the church, parishioners, lay leaders and interfaith supporters.

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