Protesters against President-elect Donald Trump in Richmond on Wednesday night vandalized the headquarters of the Republican Party of Virginia.
According to NBC12, someone threw a pumpkin at the RPV building, damaging the windows and door. The doorbell was also broken, and graffiti was written on the walls. RPV called the police Thursday afternoon to report the incident.
In a statement, RPV Chairman John Whitbeck pointed to the “hateful rhetoric” of Democrats as “the cause of this violence.”
Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other Democratic leaders in Virginia, Whitbeck added, should apologize for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and advocates “calling Trump supporters racist, sexist, mentally ill and a ‘basket of deplorables.’ ”
The Democratic Party of Virginia condemned the vandalism.
“This is not the Virginia way, nor is it compatible with our values as Democrats,” Chairwoman Susan Swecker said in a statement. “While we strongly respect and support the right to protest peacefully, these actions are indefensible.”
Evan Feinman, the executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, launched an effort for Democrats to help pay for the repairs that by Thursday evening had raised $2,800.
“While we support the right to protest, it’s never ok to vandalize property, and we want our friends and colleagues in the Republican party to know we don’t EVER support violence in politics,” Feinman said on the fundraiser’s website.
Republicans, however, rejected the funds.
“The RPV . . . has more than enough money to fix our windows,” Whitbeck wrote. He suggested Democrats instead donate the funds to an antiabortion “crisis pregnancy shelter.”
Police are investigating the vandalism.
About 1,000 people protested Wednesday night in Richmond, according to local police. Hundreds of protesters shut down several streets and twice attempted to block Interstate 95, state police said. The first group was steered off the roadway about 10 p.m. Around 11:39 p.m., about 100 to 150 protesters sat down in the travel lanes of the expressway. Twelve people were arrested after refusing to leave — 10 by state police and two by city police.
The march was just one of many demonstrations across the country against Trump’s victory in small cities such as Richmond and major urban centers, including New York and Los Angeles.