NC Republican Party Campaign Office Firebombed: Parties Come Together to Help

By Jacob Abel, National News Writer

A Republican Party campaign office in North Carolina was firebombed over the weekend in what many are calling an attack on our democracy.

The attack occurred on the night of October 15, in the town of Hillsborough.

Fortunately no individuals were harmed in the attack. Investigators believe that the firebomb was thrown through the window of the office causing furniture and campaign materials to catch fire.

The New York Times reports that the fire was not noticed until 9 am the next morning when a local business owner called to report that he saw smoke coming out of the office.

The attackers also spray painted the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” on a building in close proximity to the GOP office.

No suspects have been arrested in the case. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was also on the scene helping local investigators.

In a statement released by Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the Republican Party in North Carolina, the attack was deemed “political terrorism.”

The two presidential candidates also took to Twitter to weigh in on the attack.

Donald Trump posted a tweet, stating that “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and the Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office because we are winning.”

Hillary Clinton said in a tweet, “The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe.”

CNN reports that “fifteen miles south, in Carrboro, a democratic office was spray-painted with the words ‘Death to Capitalism.’”

Authorities say they do not think that there is a connection between the two incidents.

After the words were discovered by staff they decided to close out of fear of what had happened at the GOP office.

On a lighter note, groups from around the country, including democrats and independents, have banned together to raise money for the local party office.

NBC reports that David Weinberger, who is a democratic technology writer in Boston, started a Go Fund Me page that has raised over $13,000 for the Hillsborough GOP office in a little over 10 hours. The cause had more than 500 different donors.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 25th print edition.

Contact Jacob at

jacob.abel@student.shu.edu

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