Over the weekend, a GOP Office in North Carolina was firebombed in an act of political terrorism. No lives were lost, but the office was destroyed. Graffiti spray-painted on the wall stated, “NAZI Republicans Leave Town or Else.”
Political terrorism is unacceptable under any circumstances, even in a state where the Republicans passed an anti-LGBT bathroom bill, and where they passed laws (later struck down) specifically designed to suppress the black vote.
We don’t know who firebombed the building yet (authorities are still investigating), but in Twitter and the larger political universe, both sides were quick to blame each other, alleging all matter of conspiracy. Naturally, Donald Trump ran with the conspiracy wing in his response to the firebombing.
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
It might be relevant to note here that Donald Trump is neither winning nationally nor in North Carolina, where the changing demographics and backlash against the bathroom bill has given Clinton a solid lead in the state. No matter, Trump was nevertheless eager to use the incident to score political points with his Breitbart base.
Hillary Clinton, however, was more measured and Presidential in her response in an effort to score political points with civil, rational human beings.
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
In an illustration of how things like this should go, the North Carolina GOP did not follow Trump’s lead and, say, blame Clinton for the firebombing because of her association with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers.
@HillaryClinton H, You arranged it. -T— Tatiana Wright (@twright55) October 16, 2016
Rather, the GOP responded with thanks.
Thank you for your thoughts & prayers, Sec. @HillaryClinton.— NCGOP (@NCGOP) October 16, 2016
Meanwhile, in a further act of civility, late yesterday, a NYTimes writer and college professor suggested that Clinton give up one of their offices to the NC GOP so that no time is lost.
"Act of political terrorism", indeed. The Clinton campaign should let the GOP take over one of its offices so no time is lost for them. https://t.co/werFh6FUEI— Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) October 16, 2016
That suggestion prompted David Weinberg, a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and a Democrat, to start a GoFundMe campaign along with Arizona State University professor Dan Gillmore to raise money to reopen a GOP Office.
“As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible.
Until an investigation is undertaken, we cannot know who did this or why. No matter the result, this is not how Americans resolve their differences. We talk, we argue, sometimes we march, and most of all we vote. We do not resort to violence by individuals or by mobs.
So, let’s all pitch in, no matter what your party affiliation, in and get that office open again quickly.”
The GoFundMe campaign raised over $13,000 from 552 donors in 40 minutes.
There you go, folks. Just another example of those “animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina” at work. Despicable.