Local North Carolina GOP Office Firebombed And Vandalized With Nazi Graffiti
Police in North Carolina are investigating the firebombing and vandalism of a local Republican Party office in which the perpetrators threw “flammable material” through the window and spray-painted a swastika on an adjacent building.
The incident occurred overnight Saturday at the GOP headquarters of Orange County in the town of Hillsborough, about 40 miles northwest of Raleigh.
According to a statement from police, the perpetrators likely threw a bottle containing a “flammable substance” through one of the office’s front windows. The substance then “ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior before going out.”
A local business owner who discovered the damage early Sunday found the words “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” and a swastika spray-painted on the building next to the GOP office.
Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of the North Carolina GOP, told Fox News that “the office itself is a total loss,” and called the attack “an utter act of political terrorism.”
“The important thing is nobody was killed. People could have been killed,” he said. “This is a horrifying situation. When you think you have volunteers and offices all across the state, in all kinds of places, and these kind of acts are intended to intimidate, and they are intended to terrorize.”
Woodhouse said that he was not aware of any previous threat made against the office.
Local officials and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are investigating who was responsible for the attack and the extent of the damages.
The town’s Democratic mayor, Tom Stevens, condemned what he called a “highly disturbing act.”
“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,” he said in a statement.
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