ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. – A North Carolina Republican Party office was firebombed in Orange County overnight and a nearby building was spray-painted, “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else.”
Hillsborough Police say the vandalism happened Saturday night at two buildings on Ja-Max Drive. Police say “flammable material” was thrown a window starting a fire inside.
“The flammable substance appears to have ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior before going out,” police told WNCN. “The substance was housed in a bottle thrown through one of the building’s front windows.”
A building next to the GOP office was spray-painted with the threatening message and a swastika. It was discovered early Sunday morning by a local business owner.
Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement on the firebombing of the Orange County political headquarters: “The firebombing of a local political headquarters in Orange County is clearly an attack on our democracy. Violence has no place in our society - but especially in our elections. Fortunately no one was injured; however, I will use every resource as governor to assist local authorities in this investigation.”
Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, called the vandalism a “hate crime.”
“Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy,” said Woodhouse. “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.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Jon Purvis by email or by phone at 919-732-9381, ext. 37.
Tips can also be left anonymously through the town’s website or by calling the Hillsborough Police Department’s tip line at 919-732-3975. The phone line is routed directly to voicemail and does not record callers’ phone numbers, police said.
The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 16, 2016
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
ALL SAFE IN ORANGE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. With you all the way, will never forget. Now we have to win. Proud of you all! @NCGOP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016