A group of Democrats started a GoFundMe page that raised more than $13,000 in 40 minutes to assist Orange County Republicans after GOP Orange Co. headquarters in Hillsborough was vandalized over the weekend.
The page was created by David Weinberger of Brookline, Ma. and has over 6.9 thousand shares on Facebook. The 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.
After meeting their goal:
Less than 40 mins after going public, we met our goal and then some! Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love our democracy above all our differences.
The building was firebombed with a 'Molotov Cocktail' according to police sometime before sunrise on Sunday. A fire damaged the inside and graffiti was spray painted along the exterior stating 'Nazi Republicans leave town or else.' No one was injured.
NCGOP Office Firebombed, Vandalized in Orange County
Many of those who donated made comments about supporting people regardless of party affiliation.
"Not a Republican, but we all stand together against such anti-democratic violence," one person wrote, while another said, "This Democrat from Indiana hopes you're able to get your back to your office as soon as possible."
The group is no longer accepting donations but asked that those who want to contribute donate to a North Carolina school through Donors Choose.
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton addressed the incident on Twitter.
The attack on the Orange County HQ @NCGOP office is horrific and unacceptable. Very grateful that everyone is safe.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 16, 2016
Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016