Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office

They blew past fundraising goal in hours
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2016 3:05 AM CDT
Updated Oct 17, 2016 5:03 AM CDT
Dems Raise $13K to Reopen Firebombed GOP Office
A burned couch is shown next to warped campaign signs at the Orange County GOP headquarters in Hillsborough, NC, on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)

Democrats disgusted by the firebombing of a GOP office in Orange County, NC, set up a GoFundMe page to help reopen it and blew past their $10,000 goal within hours Sunday. "Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love our democracy above all our differences," wrote the page's creators, who stressed that they were ordinary voters, not Democratic officials. Police are still searching for the attackers who threw a firebomb into the Republican headquarters in Hillsborough overnight Saturday and spray-painted "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" on an adjacent building, the Hill reports.

The fundraising page—which was criticized by some LGBT activists opposed to the state's controversial "bathroom law"—was closed after reaching $13,000 in donations. Gov. Pat McCrory denounced the attack as an "attack on our democracy." Hillary Clinton tweeted Sunday that the attack was "horrific and unacceptable," while Donald Trump tweeted: "Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning." The Charlotte Observer notes that Democrats and independents outnumber Republicans 5 to 1 in the county, which lies to the west of Durham. (More North Carolina stories.)

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