Published On: Tue, Oct 18th, 2016

Rally to raise funds to rebuild firebombed GOP office, ‘This is a moment for graciousness, not fractiousness’

Several Democrats joined together on Sunday night, staring a Go Fund Me page, to raise funds to rebuild a GOP office that was firebombed in North Carolina over the weekend.

Someone attacked the Hillsborough, North Carolina GOP office late Saturday night, throwing a Molotov cocktail through one of the building’s front windows, according to a statement released. The words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” and a swastika were spray-painted in black on a building adjacent to the office, which houses a party goods store.

According to David Weinberger, a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, the GoFundMe campaign was inspired by this tweet from writer and University of North Carolina professor Zeynep Tufekci:

Weinberger, Arizona State University professor Dan Gillmor and a few others soon joined forces to create the GoFundMe page bearing this message:

“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.

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

The campaign was not an official effort by the Democratic Party, Jeff Jarvis, professor and director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism,  wrote on the GoFundMe page.

“It is the effort of a half-dozen Democrats (of which I am one). This is a moment for graciousness, not fractiousness,” Jarvis wrote.


North Carolina is a key swing-state in the general election, a hotbed of controversy with their decision not to embrace the transgender bathroom mandates.

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