Hillsborough police are investigating an apparent firebombing of the Orange County Republican headquarters, an incident that one state GOP official called an act of “political terrorism.”
Police say the incident occurred when a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office on Ja-Max Dr.
“The office itself is a total loss,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of state GOP. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.”
Police said the words, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.
“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,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement.
I tend to be skeptical as a precautionary measure when things like this happen, simply because the left has a bad habit of staging this kind of thing to get sympathy. It might be the case that some wiseguys on the Right have done this to draw some of the media attention away from Trump. Or not. But I won’t be surprised at all if it turns out to have been a genuine attack by leftists. As reader Noah172 rightly points out, the majority of election-related physical violence in this campaign season has come from anti-Trump nasties beating up Trump supporters.
Note well that Orange County contains Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina, and a liberal bastion in the state.
UPDATE: This is 100 percent accurate, for the same reason that if Brian Ogle had been a black teenager beaten up by four white thugs for his Black Lives Matter activism, we would have been in the thick of the National Conversation™ (in case you didn’t see it, the town’s police chief said that the four suspects made a point of traveling to the town to beat Ogle up because they didn’t like what the Blue Lives Matter supporter said on Facebook). Anyway, this:
If the parties were reversed in the NC firebombing, we’d be gearing up for a big national conversation about dangerous rhetoric.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 16, 2016
UPDATE.2: This is beautiful. Democrats raised $13,000 on GoFundMe to get the firebombed GOP headquarters open again. That’s the America I love. David Weinberger of Brookline, Mass., started the page. He writes on it:
On October 16, a North Carolina headquarters of the Republican Party was firebombed , and an abhorrent threat was painted on its outside wall
As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible.
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.
Less than 40 mins after going public, we met our goal and then some! Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love our democracy above all our differences.
Go, David Weinberger, go! And thank you to all the patriotic and big-hearted Democrats who stepped up.
If you go to the page and read the comments, you’ll see lots of them that are like balm in Gilead during this detestable campaign. But there are a few like these from cretins on the left and the right who are unwilling to let a good deed go unpunished: