Outrages, Real and Imagined, Over Firebombing/Vandalism at NC GOP Office, and a Glimmer of Hope

The Charlotte Observer reports: “Hillsborough police said somebody threw a bottle of flammable liquid through the window of Orange County’s GOP headquarters, setting campaign signs, supplies and furniture ablaze before burning itself out….A swastika and ‘Nazi Republicans get out of town or else’ were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building. No damage estimates were available.”

This is a despicable and outrageous act that is worthy of condemnation. As I’ve written, when Trump supporters were attacked in San Jose and when Donald Trump inspired vigilantism at polling places, all violence in the election needs to be condemned early and often by people of all political stripes. An essential feature of our elections is that people can vote in fully free and fair elections undeterred by violence or threats of violence.

We do not know who committed this deplorable act, and many people on the left are suggesting this this is some false flag operation by the GOP to get sympathy for the GOP. On the other hand, we have Donald Trump tweeting: “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP.”

All of this is irresponsible. There is no evidence as to who did this, and certainly no evidence this is connected to the Clinton campaign. Let the police and the FBI do their job and stop speculating as to who did it. We will find out in time. Whoever did it deserves our condemnation.
In the meantime, the following exchange between Hillary Clinton and the North Carolina GOP gave me a glimmer of hope:

Let us hope to see more of this spirit of healing, before and after the election, and less of irresponsible talk from Donald Trump and those on the left who are ready to pin this on Republicans without evidence.

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