While the 2016 election might seem more hostile than usual, a rare moment of unity over the weekend between Democrats and Republicans proves that supporting one another when times get tough still trumps partisanship.
Late Saturday night, a bottle filled with a flammable substance was thrown through the window of the Republican Party's headquarters in Orange County, North Carolina. The words "Nazi Republicans leave town or else" were also spray-painted across one of the office's outside walls..
"Whether you are Republican, Democrat, or independent, all Americans should be outraged by this hate-filled and violent attack against our democracy," said Dallas Woodhouse, executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, in a press release.
While Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump quickly blamed Democrats for the firebombing of the party office, the immediate investigation found no evidence to suggest that Democrats were behind the attack. In fact, it was a Democrat who kindly led the effort to help the Republicans reopen their office.
David Weinberger, a Democrat from Massachusetts, launched a GoFundMe campaign on Sunday night with the goal of donating $10,000 to reopen the office.
"Let's all pitch in, no matter what your party affiliation [is], and get that office open again quickly," he wrote on the GoFundMe page.
Weinberger told BuzzFeed News that he became inspired to launch the campaign after Zeynep Tufekci of the University of North Carolina's School of Information Science first tweeted about helping the Republicans.
In less than 40 minutes, the GoFundMe campaign raised over $13,000. Weinberger closed the campaign soon after, noting that the goal had been accomplished, and recommended that people looking to pitch in instead contribute funds to North Carolina schools via Donors Choose.
Although many people praised Weinberger and the Democrats for their kind act, some people criticized the act because many North Carolina Republicans supported the state's controversial bathroom bill and voting identification laws.
Thankfully for the North Carolina GOP, Weinberger had a different take on the situation.
While rallying others to donate on Twitter, Weinberger referenced Michelle Obama's now-infamous words from the Democratic National Convention in July: "When they go low, we go high." Her words provided the drum beat for the latter half of this year's presidential campaign, and were echoed by the words of many of the donors on GoFundMe.
Read a selection of their comments below.
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