When a political season is interrupted by all-too-real violence, both sides of any campaign properly decry it. The firebombing of the Orange County Republican Party headquarters in Hillsborough drew just that reaction from presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Both condemned the bombing, and one GOP official called it “political terrorism.”
We hope not, but whatever the motivation the action was despicable. It happened Saturday night, and thankfully no one was hurt.
Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens made an important point when he said, “This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation.”
That’s exactly right, and one hopes the devoted campaigners who worked in the office can get back to their duties soon, for by participating in this or any election they are doing their civic duty and then some, and they deserve to do it without fear for their safety.