North Carolina Democrats put their political differences with Republicans aside on Sunday by banding together with the GOP and helping them reopen the Orange County Republican office that was firebombed.
A flammable apparatus, probably a Molotov cocktail according to chairman Daniel Ashley, was thrown through the window of the headquarters, setting it ablaze, while the nearby walls were spray painted with threatening words like “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” and swastika symbols.
Images of the scene after the vandalism shows broken glass, scorched walls, damaged signs and burnt furniture.
State GOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse said sometimes people work late at night, but thankfully no one was injured. He also said the bottle landed on a couch where volunteers take naps sometimes and dubbed the crime as “political terrorism.”
The violence was condemned by political figures.
GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump immediately started playing the blame game and slammed the Democratic Party for the incident.
Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
However, he had to eat his words after the Democrats started a Go Fund Me campaign to reopen the office as soon as possible.
“As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible,” the campaign page read. “Until an investigation is undertaken, we cannot know who did this or why. No matter the result, this is not how Americans resolve their differences. We talk, we argue, sometimes we march, and most of all we vote. We do not resort to violence by individuals or by mobs.
“So, let’s all pitch in, no matter what your party affiliation, in and get that office open again quickly.”
The campaign was able to achieve its target of $10,000 to rebuild the office in just a few scant hours. Donors gave $13,117 in all.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton also condemned the attack, calling it “horrific and unacceptable.”
The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 16, 2016
The North Carolina Republican party responded in kind by tweeting back a thank you note to Clinton.
Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton.— NCGOP (@NCGOP) October 16, 2016
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive is working with local authorities to investigate the attack.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, John Sommers II