The Republican Party’s office in Hillsborough, North Carolina was firebombed and vandalized over the weekend, according to police and GOP officials.
At some point between Saturday night and early Sunday morning at the Republican Party’s headquarters, individuals threw an explosive device threw the window. The same individuals, who have not been found, spray-painted a slur across an adjacent building’s wall that read, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else.”
Following the bombing, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens issued a statement:
“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.”
“I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of people,” Stevens added. “Acts like this have no place in our community.”
North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse issued a statement as well that “we will not be deterred by this hate crime,” adding:
“Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy. 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 Party officials in North Carolina will hold a press conference at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Editor’s note: This article was updated after publication.