It was a direct attack against democracy in the United States, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he knows who is behind it: Hillary Clinton.
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
In addition to the fire, the an adjacent building was spray-painted with a threat: “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”
Trump is correct –the radicals behind the firebombing attack of a North Carolina Republican party headquarters ARE animals, and deserve to be in handcuffs.
Authorities are investigating the firebombing of the GOP headquarters Saturday night in what a state Republican official called an act of “political terrorism.”
The bomb was thrown through the window of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters overnight, according to a Sunday news release from the town of Hillsborough, and a flammable substance that was thrown into the office ignited and did serious damage to the interior before burning out. No one was injured.
Another business owner discovered the anti-GOP graffiti Sunday morning. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with local investigators.
State GOP executive director Dallas Woodhouse said people sometimes work after-hours and he felt lucky no one was there at the time. He said the bottle appeared to have landed on or near the couch where volunteers sometimes take naps.
“They are working around the clock. It is a miracle that nobody was killed,” he said in an interview, calling the fire an act of “political terrorism.”
He said Republican offices around the state were re-examining their security.
On Sunday afternoon, the walls of the multi-room office were covered in black char, and a couch against one wall had been burned down to its springs. Shattered glass covered the floor, and melted Trump campaign yard signs showed warped lettering. The graffiti had been covered in paint.
At a news conference, Woodhouse urged Republicans to respond peacefully by turning out to vote in November. He said he’d received messages of support from Democrats.
Orange County GOP chairman Daniel Ashley told reporters no one had previously made violent threats against the office several miles from the town’s historic square.
Tom Stevens, mayor of the town about 40 miles northwest of Raleigh, said it was fortunate the fire didn’t burn the office and other adjacent buildings that are decades old to the ground.
In Orange County, which includes much of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina campus, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 3-1 margin.
The Associated Press contributed to this article