The firebombing of a Republican office took place over the weekend in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Fortunately no one was injured during the attack, as the building was empty at the time. In addition a threatening message was spray painted on a nearby building reading "Nazi Republicans get out of town or else." No one is in custody as of yet, and the local police are searching for those responsible with the help of the FBI, ATF and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations.
Below is a tweet with pictures of the damage from the Twitter account of the North Carolina Republican Party:
More than an act of vandalism
The major of Hillsborough released a statement acknowledging that the attack was more than just an act of vandalism, but rather sought to intimidate as well as undermine key democratic principles.
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. - Statement from Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens
Trump and Hillary respond
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump condemned the attack, and reached out via Twitter to the North Carolina Republican Party. Hillary expressed that the attacks were unacceptable, and was thankful that no one was hurt.
The North Carolina Republican Party responded with a message of thanks to the Democratic Party nominee.
Donald Trump took a different approach to the attack implying that the attack was carried out because the Republican Party was "winning." He also quickly linked the attack to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party in a tweet about the incident.
Again the The North Carolina Republican Party responded with a message of thanks and stated they will not be deterred by the attack.
North Carolina an important swing state
North Carolina is a swing state, and is important to both candidates. Clinton has a three point lead over Trump in the state according to the most recent Real Clear Politics poll as of October 12. She is polling at 46 percent, while Trump trails her at 43 percent. It remains to be seen if and how these events will affect the polls in North Carolina. It is certain that Trump will seize the opportunity to use the firebombing as a platform to attack Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, and try and sway more voters in the state to cast their ballot for him.