Dem. fundraising effort for firebombed GOP office achieves goal in under an hour

Police are looking for people responsible for fire bombing and vandalizing GOP headquarters.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Massachusetts Democrat set up a GoFundMe page Sunday to support the North Carolina Republican Headquarters that were firebombed.

"As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible," the GoFundMe page said.

David Weinberger created the page on Sunday with a fundraising aim of $10,000. However, the page says their goal was met in less than 40 minutes after going public. As of Monday, the GoFundMe account has raised $13,117 by 551 people.

Republican Party officials say an explosive device was thrown through the window of a Republican party office in Orange County Saturday and the words, “Nazi Republicans, leave town or else” was spray painted on a nearby building.

“Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or Independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy,” said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party. Woodhouse says increased security will be present at all Republican offices throughout the remainder of the election. 

State and national leaders have responded to the event including presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. 

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted saying the attack was "horrific and unacceptable" and that she was grateful everyone was safe.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted saying, "Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning."

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