This is truly terrifying, and just another show of how out of control this election season has become.
The Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina were firebombed sometime over night on Saturday evening, and GOP officials are already calling it an act of "political terrorism," according to reports.
Hillsborough police say the incident happened when a bottle of flammable liquid was thrown through the front window of the headquarters, and quickly caught fire with the furniture and other property inside.
Furthermore, the words "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a statement about the incident:
"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. Acts like this have no place in our community."
Fortunately, no one was injured in the attack.
Dallas Woodhouse, the executive director of North Carolina's Republican Party, added:
"The office itself is a total loss. The only thing important to us is that nobody was killed, and they very well could have been … Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy. … Everyone in this country should be free to express their political viewpoints without fear for their own safety."
Further, Woodhouse is recommending that all state GOP offices exercise an abundance of caution moving forward, at one point tweeting out:
"We have recommended all offices close by Sundown."
Politicians from the other side of the aisle were quick to criticize the bombing, too, with N.C. Democratic party chair Patsy Keever saying:
"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."