RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A GoFundMe started by a group of Democrats meant to raise money to help the North Carolina Republican Party reopen their Orange County office that was firebombed and vandalized this weekend raised more than $13,000 in 40 minutes, according to the fundraising page.
The GoFundMe was created by David Weinberger from Brookline, Massachusetts.
The fundraising page said:
On October 16, a North Carolina headquarters of the Republican Party was firebombed , and an abhorrent threat was painted on its outside wall
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.”
According to North Carolina officials, the party’s Orange County headquarters was vandalized and firebombed with what police described as a “Molotov cocktail” overnight.
The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and “flammable material” in a bottle was thrown through a window starting a fire inside, Hillsborough police said in an email.
Graffiti that said “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was spray painted in black paint on the side of a building next to the Republican headquarters, according to police.
“The flammable substance appears to have ignited inside the building, burned some furniture and damaged the building’s interior before going out,” said police, who describe the object as a Molotov cocktail.
The North Carolina Republican Party released a statement Sunday afternoon calling the incident a “vicious attack” and “hate crime” and said they would increase security at events and offices.
Donald Trump also took to Twitter and blamed Hillary Clinton and Democrats for the firebombing.
The North Carolina Democratic Party condemned the attack in a statement released to the media Sunday night.
“The North Carolina Democratic Party strongly condemns this attack. Violence has no place in our political system. We hope the perpetrators of this attack are brought to swift justice, and we are thankful that no one was hurt. Our deepest sympathies are with everyone at the North Carolina Republican Party,” said North Carolina Democratic Party Chairwoman Patsy Keever.
The GoFundMe, which was not associated with the Democratic Party, reached its $10,000 goal in less than 40 minutes, the page’s creator said in an update.
Overall, $13,117 was raised before the fundraiser was closed approximately 40 minutes after opening. A total of 551 people contributed money to the campaign.