In an act condemned by candidates of both major political parties, unknown arsonists bombed the Orange County RNC headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Anti-Republican graffiti was found sprayed nearby.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had a rare moment of agreement on Sunday as both took to Twitter to condemn an attack on the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough, N.C.
The night before, someone had thrown a bottle filled with flammable liquid through the windows of the office and spray-painted an anti-GOP message referring to “Nazi Republicans,” authorities said on Sunday. The damage – which consisted of char-covered walls, a couch burned down to its springs, a floor covered in shattered glass, and melted campaign signs – was discovered the next morning by another business owner. On a building nearby, someone had spray-painted the words: “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”
The incident, occurring less than a month before the 2016 presidential election, is the latest example of extreme political polarization in an election season characterized by divisive rhetoric and campaign rallies turned violent. Partisan polarization and animosity towards members of the other party are the highest they’ve been in nearly a quarter of a century, according to the Pew Research Center.
In Orange County, N.C., an area that includes much of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina campus, registered Democrats outnumber Republicans three…