RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Friday’s Supreme Court decision that ruled Roe v. Wade’s lifting has sparked a lot of emotion across the country.
Not long after that moment, someone vandalized the North Carolina GOP headquarters on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh.
The vandalism was removed from the building Monday morning, but not before the security camera in the corner of the building caught the vandal on camera.
Armed with a backpack and a can of spray paint, the vandal wrote on the wall, “If abortion ain’t safe, then neither can you.”
“We weren’t terribly surprised to see that, although we were discouraged,” said Jeff Moore, communications director for the North Carolina Republican Party.
While that was the only sign of physical violence, Moore says they received other vague threats.
“Many voicemails over the weekend making threats of the same nature about the Roe v. Wade and belittling Republicans for their pro-life actions,” he said.
They are now calling on other leaders to denounce these activities and call for courtesy, but some on the other side of the political aisle say emotions and tensions are running high at the moment.
“It’s hard to predict how people will react if they are stripped of the constitutional protections they’ve had for 50 years,” Sarah Preston said. She helps run Lillian’s List, a group dedicated to supporting progressive candidates in North Carolina.
Preston says while her group supports the right to rally, she really wants people to put their energy into action and vote.
“As much as we’re all really angry and heartbroken that this has happened, I think we’re all channeling that energy into supporting our candidates,” Preston said.
And GOP leaders feel the same, vowing the vandalism won’t set them back.
“We’re not really affected by this in any way, just more determined to vote Republicans to strengthen the voice and values that we represent in this party,” Moore said.
Raleigh Police confirmed the vandalism is being investigated, but as of Monday they had no suspects.
https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/ncgop-calls-on-dems-to-denounce-threats-of-violence-following-vandalism/ ‘We are not affected’: GOP HQ in Raleigh vandalized after Roe v. Wade had fallen