By Maya Rhodan
October 17, 2016

After the North Carolina GOP headquarters was firebombed on Sunday, one of the presidential candidates blamed “animals” while the other called the act “unacceptable.”

The incident comes amid heightened tensions on both sides of the political battlefield. Trump, who has been stoking fears that the election will be rigged as his poll numbers have continued to fall, said the attackers “represented” Democrats and Clinton supporters.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Orange County, where the firebombing occurred, is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and it is overwhelmingly Democratic.

The North Carolina GOP responded to Trump via Twitter, thanking him and saying Republicans in the Tar Heel state will not be “silenced nor suppressed” by this heinous act. Around the same time Trump fired off a tweet, Secretary Clinton did the same.

The office responded to Clinton’s tweet as well, thanking her for her thoughts and prayers. Political leaders across North Carolina condemned the attack including Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, who called the incident an “attack on our democracy.” “Violence has no place in our society – but especially in our elections,” he said in a statement.

In response to the attack, some 551 people contributed to a GoFundMe set up by a group of Democrats to help the North Carolina GOP rebuild. They raised over $13,000, surpassing their $10,000 goal, in 40 minutes, reports WNCN.

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