Firebombing of Republican HQ: Orange County, North Carolina

Key details:

16/10/2016 from Qatar

-Hillsborough police are investigating the apparent weekend firebombing of the Orange County Republican headquarters.

-The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and “flammable material” was thrown through a window starting a fire inside.

-The words, “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” were spray painted on the side of an adjacent building.

-Orange County, North Carolina, is overwhelmingly Democratic. Democrats and independents outnumber Republicans 5-1.

Assessment:

The presidential elections are only three weeks away from election day, from this incident it can be taken that the election has spelled the motivation of individual initiative.

What is meant by this is that in a globalised world, many incidents have occurred as a result of the discourse and rhetoric or even actions evoked by the presidential candidates (but especially Donald Trump).

From a post-structuralist perspective the events leading up to this one (Hillary Clinton’s role as Secretary of State (leaked emails), Donald Trump’s incessant threat of abuse against minorities, etc.) is a role-call for acceptance of what is typically deemed morally wrong,  in other words, populism.

Identity politics plays largely in this as it is no coincidence in the attacker connoting Republicans with Nazis. The threat here lies not in the allegation that the Republican party is ‘Nazism’ but that it is thought of as being associated with it; just as Hillary Clinton is associated with the corruption of the capitalist elite in Wall Street (which is one argument why many of those who supported Bernie Sanders refuse voting for Hillary Clinton).

This is 5GW plain and simple. The actions are taken in the hands of individuals who are self-motivated by a social or economic discontent. The means are available it is just a matter of committing to one’s own cause. In this case, it is anti-populist.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/article108627627.html

http://wavy.com/2016/10/16/republican-hq-in-north-carolina-firebombed-vandalized/ via @WAVY_News