The Republican party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed and an adjacent building was vandalized with the words: ‘Nazi Republicans leave town or else.’
The MailOnline reports
One state GOP official called the attack on the building in Hillsborough, Orange County an act of ‘political terrorism’, the Charlotte Observer reported.
A bottle, filled with flammable substance, was thrown into a window overnight, setting off a fire that scorched the interior of the building before the blaze burned itself out, police said.
Photos from the interior showed damaged yard signs bearing the names of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, along with other politicians.
With three weeks left until election day, Mayor Tom Stevens acknowledged the significance of the attack, saying: ‘This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property.
‘It willfully threatens our community’s safety, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation.’
The owner of the balloon shop, Bennie Sparrow, was on her way to church when she saw the ‘hateful’ message scrawled along the side of her business.
While she has ‘no idea’ who could be behind the attack, she believes her shop was targeted because it is a ‘good billboard to aim towards the Republicans’.
She told the Dailymail.com: ‘I’m not afraid to go into work tomorrow but I don’t feel quite as secure as I did before. This is the world we live in.’
Police have not been able to estimate the value of the damages, but the executive director of the state’s GOP, Dallas Woodhouse said the office was ‘a total loss’.
Woodhouse issued a statement that said: ‘Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy.
‘Whether the bomb was meant to kill, destroy property or intimidate voters, everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety.
‘We will be requesting additional security at all Republican Party offices and events between now and Election Day to ensure the safety of our activists, volunteers, and supporters.’
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