After news reports of a Republican Party office in North Carolina being firebombed and vandalized emerged on Saturday, democrats responded by raising over $13,000 to reopen the GOP office, reported Buzzfeed.
The incident was condemned across the political aisle, from presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to local officials — and a group of academics. Police are investigating who is responsible.
According to Buzzfeed, Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina’s School of Information Science first tweeted about Democrats helping the GOP office, and David Weinberger of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Technology later launched a campaign on GoFundMe.
Weinberger told BuzzFeed News: “Zeynep’s idea of having Democrats contribute to re-opening a Republican office that was a victim of political terrorism — no matter who was responsible — struck a chord with me, and apparently with lots of other people.”
“As Democrats, we are starting this campaign to enable the Orange County, North Carolina Republican office to re-open as soon as possible,” Weinberger wrote on the fund’s page.
“The funding campaign was a way of saying out loud that we are all in this democracy together, and that we stand together against those who would destroy it through violence and intimidation,” Weinberger said.
“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,” Weinberger said.
The move set Twitter abuzz with people commenting they were donating to support democracy and stand against voter intimidation.
H/T: BuzzFeed News.