The Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina was firebombed by a vandal on Sunday night. Apparently, someone threw a bottle which contained flammable liquid through a window of the headquarters and it caused a fire to break out. The fire burned much of the building’s interior but fortunately there was no one inside at the time.
One Republican official from North Carolina is calling the incident an act of political terrorism. A big reason why authorities believe it was a politically motivated attack was because “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted on a wall near the headquarters. So far, the Hillsborough Police Department is still investigating the incident and there are no suspects in custody at this time.
When news first broke out about the attack, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted that this violent attack was “Horrific and unacceptable.” A short time after her tweet was published, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump posted his own tweet about the incident: “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning.”
Local investigators in Hillsborough are receiving additional assistance in the investigation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Meanwhile, numerous Republican offices throughout North Carolina are reportedly reviewing their current security procedures to see if any changes can be made to strengthen them. In some offices, volunteers will take naps in the offices because they don’t want to leave them unattended.
A lot of Trump’s critics would have assumed that his supporters would be the ones to vandalize and be destructive, considering the violence that used to break out at his rallies. So this act of violence from an apparent Clinton supporter may not sit well with many in North Carolina with less than 30 days until Election Day. As for Trump, he’ll likely use this violent act as a way to further degrade Clinton as their final debate comes this Wednesday.