Hillsborough police are investigating an apparent firebombing of the Orange County Republican headquarters, an incident that one state GOP official called an act of “political terrorism.”
Police say the incident occurred when a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the office on Ja-Max Dr.
“The office itself is a total loss,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of state GOP. “The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been.”
Police said the words, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.
“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement.
I tend to be skeptical as a precautionary measure when things like this happen, simply because the left has a bad habit of staging this kind of thing to get sympathy. It might be the case that some wiseguys on the Right have done this to draw some of the media attention away from Trump. Or not. But I won’t be surprised at all if it turns out to have been a genuine attack by leftists. As reader Noah172 rightly points out, the majority of election-related physical violence in this campaign season has come from anti-Trump nasties beating up Trump supporters.
Note well that Orange County contains Chapel Hill, home of the University of North Carolina, and a liberal bastion in the state.