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  • Susan Eaton Oct 17, 2016
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    being of a republican mindset does not make one an American. Being an American relates to being fortunate to either be born here or naturalized, not being a republican. You know this or else you failed basic civics, and fooling yourself with a false pretense is ridiculous. Fomenting insurrection and revolution under the pretense this would be "rescuing" others from themselves is not democracy. It is a power grab, pure and simple.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 17, 2016
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    No I am not kidding Democrats are not Americans, they are a coalition of entitlement, interest groups. You do realize that 64% of the American colonists were against America declaring for independence. Indicating that 2/3 of American colonists felt the need to keep the "establishment," and hope King George the 3rd would take care of them. It is a direct parallel to how Hillary is campaigning now. She demonizes her opponent, she promises funds from the public treasury for perpetual care while aligning with those she supposedly is going to tax, (Wall Street "investment" in her charitable trusts). The only difference between Democrats and the British Army of the 18th century, is Democrats set fire to the office after the occupants are gone. Plus, only 33% believed in America from the on set, and the percentages are about the same today.

  • Ken Ackerman Oct 17, 2016
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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/kentucky-gov-matt-bevin-says-bloodshed-might-be-165058821.html

  • Evan Morris Oct 17, 2016
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    During the 2008 campaign, over 30 cars parked outside an Obama political event had their tires slashed in Cumberland County. Other nearby vehicles were vandalized simply for having an Obama campaign sticker. Criminal acts committed during campaigns are committed by individuals. The perpetrators do not represent either political party nor candidate. This extensive coverage and self-righteous vitriol on both sides will only encourage others on the fringe. Hopefully, those responsible will be quickly arrested.

  • Karen Grigg Oct 17, 2016
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    Agreed, Raleigh Rose. One of the problems with social media and the Internet in general is that we are all self-segregating into like-minded echo chambers, and when we don't interact with folks who are different, we ascribe the worst traits to the "other". I live in a liberal part of the state, but I have relatives in other parts who are very conservative, and I try to just listen to their concerns when we talk. When someone informs me that I am Anti-American, live off the government (??), hate Christians, etc, etc, I realize that they are getting their information about us from biased media and other like-minded people, not from actually interacting with liberals. Similarly, it's too easy to condemn all conservatives as racists and bigots. We won't heal as a society until we can start talking to each other again, not PAST each other.

  • Bill Huntington Oct 17, 2016
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    The work of animals pure and simple.

  • Karen Grigg Oct 17, 2016
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    "No such thing as a mainstream Democrat." Are you kidding me? Most Democrats I know do the same thing you do every day- get themselves (and maybe kids) ready for work and school, work all day, come home, cook dinner, do chores, and make sure everyone's homework is done before collapsing in bed. Americans are more similar than different. We all want the best world possible for our kids. We have different ideas as to what that looks like, but when did we start losing our ability to be able to relate to those on the other side of the fence. I keep trying- it doesn't work most of the time, but sometimes I can break through and focus on our shared humanity.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 17, 2016
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    Jim and Pete you need to pay attention to the actions of Mrs. Clinton, not what she says. Further, there is no such thing as a mainstream Democrat, if we are talking America. They are not self reliant and they want a paternalistic entity to take care of them such as a queen, king, dictator or a socialist or communist government. The American concept of freedom and responsibility is beyond them.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 17, 2016
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    Domestic terrorism brought to you by the remarks of Obama, "if they bring a knife we will bring a gun." This country is a powder keg. Police being killed, (thanks for supporting Black Lives matter at the DNC convention and in your TV ads, Mrs. Clinton), Muslims killing homosexuals, (as Mrs. Clinton panders to both). Mrs. Clinton championing for the poor and middle class while taking millions from corporations and banks for her charitable trust. It appears as she is the one ready to light the fuse.

  • Karen Orndorff Oct 17, 2016
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    People have just gone plain nuts.

  • Karen Grigg Oct 17, 2016
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    Thank you, BUSTER BROWN , for your reasoned comments. My own hunch is that neither mainstream Democrats nor mainstream Republicans are responsible for this attack. The vast majority of us on both sides are peaceful. But, I have to ask, who would stand to gain the most from an act that might tilt the state away from Hillary and back to Trump? And which side has been threatening violence? Just think about it. That said, I don't know any more than anyone else, and I am in watch and wait mode. Whatever occurred, I stand against violence of all kinds.

  • Joe Simpson Oct 17, 2016
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    "Vandalized with a flammable substance?" LOL. Can't help but love this reporter's slant. Nope, no bias here.

    But Kudos to the web publishers who decided to attach a reasonable headline to this article.

  • Raleigh Rose Oct 17, 2016
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    As a liberal, I will say that this was a horrible act and whoever did it needs to be caught and held accountable. Nothing excuses violence of this nature. Nothing. I was glad to see that Democrats did band together and raised over $13000.00 in a few hours to help the NCGOP reopen their office. I don't know if anyone that reacted with 'glee' over this. This is a crime and like I said, no excuse.

  • Matt Nickeson Oct 17, 2016
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    I love the headline change. It's hard to believe that in a few short years WRAL could go from being a respected local news station to a cesspool of political hackery. If there are any journalists remaining at WRAL I can only guess that they must feel shame at what their organization has become.

  • Barney Gravel Oct 17, 2016
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    I disagree I know that most Democrats viewed this attack with glee. Further, this type of behavior has been shown previous to this attack, by the vandalizing of cars the Trump rally, and attacks on the defenseless at his rally in San Jose. The attacks in San Jose were exacerbated by the Democrat mayor telling the police to stand down and not interfere with Trump supporters being violently attacked. This was the rally when these "Democrats," were chanting America was never great. You can really tell the leopard's spots by people trying to turn this on Trump, when it was a GOP headquarters that was firebombed. American have to show up in November or the Democrats will be firebombing the churches next.

  • David Matthews Oct 17, 2016
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    Funny how this happened in a swing state.

  • Lance Boyle Oct 17, 2016
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    99.9 percent of Democrats do not condone this activity and will support prosecution of those responsible. Trump on the other hand encourages this type behavior with no thought to the consequences to our Nation.

  • James Mcintyre Oct 17, 2016
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    THE QUESTION IS WHO REALLY DID THIS! !!!

  • Tony Biancardi Oct 17, 2016
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    "I can firebomb my own headquarters and people will still vote for me." Let's see what the investigation turns up.

  • Xander Bogaerts Oct 17, 2016
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    This is completely unacceptable (regardless of party affiliation), and I hope whoever did this is caught, charged with a crime and faces consequences (serve time in jail, fine, etc.). I'm thankful no one was hurt.

  • Ken Ackerman Oct 17, 2016
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    Here's an interesting write-up about what happens to people who endorse a Democratic Candidate:

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/16/media/arizona-republic-threats-response/index.html?iid=surge-story-summary

  • Clarence Drumgoole Oct 17, 2016
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    This was not he act of an animal. This was a human being, acting out, (hate)! To hear hate come out of an individual mouth is one thing, to see it in action, is another. Sad times in these United States!

  • Sean Creasy Oct 17, 2016
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    For a party that Hillary said incites violence it sure does seem that her party is the one actually committing all of these violent acts... Where are all of the rioting Republicans at?? How many freeways have they shut down?? Other than the two attacks that occurred inside a rally, which by the way was one person attacking another, where are all the mobs wandering the streets attacking people at random??

  • Barney Gravel Oct 17, 2016
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    This is just in line with what is happening elsewhere, Mexican protestors at a Trump rally in San Jose, 15 young men egging a white woman and then chasing a 15 yo. Typical. Vandalizing cars outside a Trump rally. I suppose since this one happened so close to home, the local MSM chose to report.

  • Ken Ackerman Oct 17, 2016
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    What do you mean deteriorated? We've been at this level and lower for a very long time. Politics by their very nature are divisive. The hatred and vitriol and lies are introduced by people wanting to influence the process.

    Chances are this was the act of a teenager that thought it was funny.

    This was a criminal act but it is far less damaging than assuming poor people are poor on purpose, that anyone that's unemployed is lazy. It's far less restricting of democracy than preventing college students from voting, or repealing the 19th amendment, or drawing district lines to minimize the influence of minorities. It's far less intimidating than promising to jail your opponent, or burning a cross in front of someone's house or lynching a man in a tree.

    Think about the things we as Americans have done to other Americans...

  • Jim Dunn Oct 17, 2016
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    Liberals are a violent bunch. Looking out to protect everyone's right to free speech. Except for those ideas they don't agree with.

  • Charlie Watkins Oct 17, 2016
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    Had it been a Democrat HQ then Pres Obama would have already called out ACORN troops.

  • Buster Brown Oct 17, 2016
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    As a Trump supporter and conservative Republican, I have a ton I would like to say about this--but instead I urge all my fellow Trumpians and Republicans to maintain. Do not immediately begin pointing fingers and assigning blame for this, and manufacturing reasons for the event. That just lowers us to the level of the liberal Democrats/BLM who react to situations by pointing fingers, assilgning blame etc without any supportilng evidence.. Trumps unfortunate comments not withstanding, we're better than that..Wait for the facts.

  • Chad Stinner Oct 17, 2016
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    I don't think true Republicans or Democrats support this kind of destruction and lashing out. This is the result of how politics has become more like a sports game where people pick sides instead of identify who's best for a the role.

  • Pete Muller Oct 16, 2016
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    Shame on you Mr. Trump. Your response on Twitter is exactly what incites this kind of violence. In your limited world of bigotry and hatred is no space for actions initiated by registered Democrats who collected already more than $12000 to quickly repair and reopen the Republican meeting space in Orange County.

  • Linda Tally Oct 16, 2016
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    Lousy thing to do, and right in keeping with the 7th grade mentality of the Trump campaign. Not saying it was his supporters who did it, but the lack of anything constructive in it matches. Sheer stupidity.

  • Jeffrey Derry Oct 16, 2016
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    sad never any excuse to burn break or destroy anyone's property

  • David Lewis Oct 16, 2016
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    Two entirely separate charges.

  • Nikki Kessinger Oct 16, 2016
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    This state should be pulling together to overcome the devastation of Hurricane Matthew...but instead waste energy doing this. Disgusting.

  • Robert Belknap Oct 16, 2016
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    Smells like Morton Downey Jr.

  • Sheila Rohrbach Oct 16, 2016
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    have we deteriorated to this level?

  • Anthony Lowery Oct 16, 2016
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    Promising to imprison your opponent is an attack on democracy. In keeping with the Trumpsters delusion of reality this could be a play for sympathy votes. Hillary is already winnning the state and this would reflect poorly on the democrats.

  • Lynn Johnson Oct 16, 2016
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    It is sad that anyone would stoop this low

  • Paul Gallant Oct 16, 2016
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    Someone check Dallas Woodhouse's handwriting. Liberal's don't firebomb anything ever. This is a stunt by the NC GOP as an act of desperation.

  • Grant Howard Oct 16, 2016
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    Since when does the left actually care about the process? It's clear through the events that took place in their own primary process that our political system is nothing more than an easily controlled antiquated artifact to be manipulated at will. If they treat their own as they have, why would anyone think they would respect the system as it relates to their opponents. This is just a symptom of the general attitude on the left. Win at all costs. Disgusting.

  • Doug Bogard Oct 16, 2016
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    Everything you said can be attributed to HRC.
    Except we know she can not run the country, her record shows that.

  • Aiden Audric Oct 16, 2016
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    Arson is vandalism.

  • Anita Gibson Oct 16, 2016
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    And just how bad will it be if Teuml, with his arrogance, his inability to be diplomatic, and his admiration and respect for N. Korea and Putin? Neither are qualified to run this country. Trump is just as dangerous as his opponent but a lot of his supporters fail to see it. They only hear "Make America great again" yet he has NO plans for how he intends to do anything. He cannot answer a question directly and always diverts to something else. What is HE hiding?

  • Bill Huntington Oct 16, 2016
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    Awesome point!

  • Bill Huntington Oct 16, 2016
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    Wake up, North Carolina republicans. This is your future if you will not stand with Trump. We will not be intimidated by threats, violence or shamed into submission.

  • Andy Stevens Oct 16, 2016
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    Orange County Commissioners are engineering a "Study" wanting to limit your Constitutional Right to own and use firearms on private property....perhaps now they'll reconsider

  • Barney Gravel Oct 16, 2016
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    Think how emboldened this crowd will be if Mrs. Clinton wins.

  • David Lewis Oct 16, 2016
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    That's arson, not vandalism.

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