The Orange County Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed on the late night or early morning of October 15th and 16th.
A graffiti message was spray-painted nearby condemning the GOP in an attack that’s being called “political terrorism.”
The Hillsborough officials said:
“A flaming bottle was thrown through a window of the office and a swastika and ‘Nazi Republicans leave town or else’ were painted in black on the side of an adjacent building.
The inside of the office, which contained campaign signs and other election materials, was blackened by soot, and broken glass littered the floor Sunday evening.
Office equipment including a printer had melted. The fire apparently put itself out.”
Thankfully there were no injuries.
News of the attack spread quickly, and the GOP and Donald Trump condemned the terrorist attack.
Donald Trump tweeted out in response to the heinous attack,
“Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed out office in Orange County because we are winning.”
The headquarters closed at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The damage was found Sunday morning at the Daniel Boone Center, just south of Hillsborough near Interstate 85.
State Republican leader Dallas Woodhouse said a Molotov cocktail, or otherwise known as a firebomb, had been thrown through a window.
Woodhouse said during a Sunday evening news conference:
“This is a horrific, horrific act of political terrorism, one that we will not succumb to and one that we will answer. When people try to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, you must come back with more speech and aggressively defend your rights.”
Despite the attack, he pledged that campaigners would go back to work in the heavily Democrat county, which is also home to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Woodhouse said the state GOP would help the Orange County party rebuild, and he urged all offices to close at sundown to reassess security plans. He said,
“We will do what it takes to keep our people safe in every corner of the state.”
Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement pledging to use his resources to aid local authorities in their investigation:
“The firebombing of a local political headquarters in Orange County is clearly an attack on our democracy. Violence has no place in our society – but especially in our elections.”
A volunteer, Bob Randall, was there to help clean up the mess on Sunday.
“The idea is to intimidate us, to make us crawl back in the shadows. But I think it’s going to backfire on them.”
Ferrel Guillory, a political analyst at UNC Chapel Hill commented on the attack,
“You hope (the firebombing) is an isolated incident. It always happens that toward the end of the campaign, emotions get both frayed and intensified.”
The Rev. William J. Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, condemned the act. Barber told the Associated Press,
“While vigorous debate on issues is acceptable, we in the NAACP denounce any kind of violence that is perpetrated toward our citizens or any political party.”
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens also said:
“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation.”
Who do you think committed this act of terrorism?