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Democrats Raise $13,000 to Rebuild Bombed North Carolina GOP Office: ‘Americans Are Thirsty for Decency’

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Jonathan Drew/AP
Jonathan Drew/AP

A GoFundMe campaign launched by a Democrat raised $13,000 to help repair a North Carolina Republican Party office that was firebombed on Saturday.

The campaign, launched by David Weinberger, a Democrat from Brookline, Massachusetts, exceeded its $10,000 goal in just 40 minutes.

“Thank you all for showing that Americans are thirsty for civility and decency, and that we love our democracy above all our differences,” Weinberger wrote after the goal was reached.

Over 500 donors (from various party affiliations) gave $13,107 to repair the Hillsborough, North Carolina office before the campaign closed Monday morning.

The office was struck late Saturday night by a bottle containing flammable material that was thrown through one of the building’s front windows, according to a statement by the Hillsborough police.

The explosive burned furniture and damaged the building’s interior before burning out. A swastika and the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” were spray-painted in black on the side of an adjacent building.

Weinberger called the message “an abhorrent threat” and wrote that the campaign aimed to help the office reopen as soon as possible.

“Until an investigation is undertaken, we cannot know who did this or why,” he wrote on the campaign page. “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.”

“So, let’s all pitch in,” he continued, “no matter what your party affiliation, in and get that office open again quickly.”

Police and officials from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing to investigate the incident.