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Democrat-led crowdfunding campaign raises $13,000 to help reopen firebombed NCGOP office


ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — After the Republican Party headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina was firebombed and vandalized with graffiti on Sunday, one Democrat stepped up to help his Republican brothers and sisters rebuild the building.

David Weinberger, of Massachusetts, created a GoFundMe page Sunday afternoon in an effort to raise $10,000 to help rebuild the office. In less than 13 hours, he’s surpassed his goal by more than $3,000.

Weinberger on the campaign page:

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.

The firebombing occurred at 347 Ja-Max Drive and was discovered Sunday morning by another business owner.

The graffiti included a swastika and the words, “Nazi Republicans leave town or else,” according to officials, which was spray-painted in black on the side of an adjacent building.

Authorities said the flammable substance ignited inside the building, burning furniture and damaging the interior of the building. It was contained in a bottle thrown through the window.

“Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, according to a press release. “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. 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.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump had strong words to say about the act, blaming it on “Animals representing Hillary Clinton.”

Both Hillary Clinton and Hillary for NC, supporters of Democratic presidential nominee, tweeted Sunday afternoon, calling the incident “horrific and unacceptable.”

Hillsborough police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are investigating. There is no word on any suspects.