A North Carolina office of the Republican Party was destroyed in a firebomb attack sometime early Sunday.
No persons were in the office at the time of the attack, an incident which was discovered early Sunday by a shop owner. Police, although investigating, have not yet named a suspect or an explicit motive — although graffiti left behind at the scene is certainly a clue, graffiti which reads “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”
Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, spoke about the attack in a press release which was published in part by the local Fox News affiliate, Fox 8.
‘Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy. 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.’
His initial remarks are hardly contentious, simply stating the fact that the vast majority of Americans find such behavior as the destruction of property in the name of some “greater good” to be just as negative as the destruction of property in, say, a burglary.
Woodhouse went on, describing that words wouldn’t be the end of the party’s response.
‘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.’
Check out a series of images of the destruction below via the state Republican Party’s Facebook page. The scope of the destruction certainly is striking — the place was destroyed.
Accompanying the images is the state Republican Party’s responsive press release.
North Carolina has been a flashpoint of left-right tensions for some time, with the state’s Republican leadership passing one of the most notable pieces of anti-LGBT legislation in recent American history.
And, sometime early Sunday, the term “flashpoint” manifested literally as a Republican Party office was gutted by fire.
Although the claim of responsibility was eventually disproved, it is worth mentioning that a webpage surfaced after the recent bomb attack in New York City which claimed an agenda behind the attack as defending, in some perverse way, the rights of LGBT Americans — the same group which has come under such scrutiny in North Carolina.
As this is a developing story, check back for updates.