Sunday, October 16, 2016
BREAKING NEWS: Republican party headquarters is firebombed and a local business is daubed with Nazi graffiti in North Carolina
A Republican party headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed and an adjacent building was vandalized with the words: 'Nazi Republicans leave town or else.'
One state GOP official called the attack in Hillsborough, Orange County an act of 'political terrorism', the Charlotte Observer reported.
A bottle, filled with flammable substance, was thrown into a window during the night, setting off a fire that scorched the interior of the building before the blaze burned itself out, police said.
Photos from the interior showed damaged yard signs bearing the names of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, along with other politicians.
With three weeks left until election day, Mayor Tom Stevens acknowledged the significance of the attack, saying: 'This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property.
'It willfully threatens our community’s safety, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation.'
A Republican party headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina was firebombed and vandalized with the words: 'Nazi Republicans leave town or else' (pictured)
A bottle, filled with flammable substance, was thrown into a window, setting off a fire that scorched the interior of the building before the blaze burned itself out
Mayor Tom Stevens said: ' This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property...its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation'
The GOP headquarters is located in the strip mall Shops at Daniel Boone, with the graffiti left outside Balloons Above Orange a few doors down.
The owner of the balloon shop, Bennie Sparrow, was on her way to church this morning when she saw the 'hateful' message scrawled along the side of her business.
While she has 'no idea' who could be behind the attack, she believes her shop was targeted because it is a 'good billboard to aim towards the Republicans'.
She told the Dailymail.com: 'I'm not afraid to go into work tomorrow but I don't feel quite as secure as I did before. This is the world we live in.'
Police have not been able to estimate the total value of the damages, but executive director of the state's GOP, Dallas Woodhouse, said the office was 'a total loss'.