Credit: NC Republican Party
- David Lawler, Washington
16 October 2016 • 9:36pm
Officials in Orange County, North Carolina reported on Sunday that the local Republican Party headquarters had been firebombed.
Police said a bottle filled with flammable liquid was thrown through the building's front window, and the words "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else" were spray painted on a nearby building.
No one was killed and there were no injuries reported, but local Republican officials say there was substantial damage to the building.
“The office itself is a total loss,” Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of state party, told the Charlotte Observer. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.”
A statement on the town website for Hillsborough, where the incident took place, described what happened:
"The flammable substance appears to have ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building's interior before going out," it said
Tom Stevens, Hillsborough's mayor, said: “This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalising property; it wilfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation."
Republican offices around the state have been warned to take extra precautions in light of the incident.
Local Republicans in North Carolina turned to social media to voice their defiance.
"They can firebomb our headquarters and they can call us Nazis," wrote Markeece Young on Twitter. "It won't stop us voting and fighting for the Conservative cause."
Hillary Clinton described the attack as "horrific and unacceptable".