Clinton Calls Attack On NC GOP ‘Horrific,’ Trump Blames It On Dem ‘Animals’

Christine Frapech/TPM
October 17, 2016

The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates had strikingly different responses to a Saturday night firebombing at local Republican Party office in North Carolina.

Hours after authorities announced that a bottle filled with flammable liquid destroyed the Orange County GOP’s headquarters, Hillary Clinton sent a tweet calling the incident “horrific and unacceptable.” The former secretary of state expressed relief that no one was injured in the overnight attack.

Donald Trump’s answer came later, and struck a different tone. Though the perpetrators have not yet been identified, the real estate mogul blamed “animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems” who he said burned the office “because we are winning.”

Graffiti reading “Nazi Republicans leave town or else” was scrawled on the building’s exterior.

Clinton is currently leading Trump 46.2 to 42.8 percent in the Tar Heel State, according to TPM's PollTracker Average.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.