Nebraska Republican Party Office’s Windows Smashed by Bricks, Spray-Painted With ‘Abolish ICE’

The Nebraska Republican Party said its office in Lincoln was vandalized, resulting in hundreds of dollars in damage.

Vandals shattered the front window with a brick and spray-painted the words “Abolish ICE” on the sidewalk near the building, referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“This morning, our building was once again vandalized by the ‘tolerant left,’ smashing two of our windows and spray painting ‘Abolish Ice’ on our sidewalk,” a post on the Nebraska GOP’s Facebook page read.

Photos showed shattered glass and the graffiti on the sidewalk.

This morning our building was once again vandalized by the "tolerant left", smashing two of our windows and spray…

Posted by Nebraska Republican Party on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

“The Vandalism of the @NEGOP headquarters by open borders activists is completely unacceptable,” the campaign account for Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, tweeted. “Nebraska Democrats must address the call to lawlessness in their party.”

The Nebraska GOP also blamed local Democrats for using radical rhetoric to incite violence.

“This destructive criminal activity is disappointing, but unsurprising, given the increasingly radical rhetoric of national Democrat leaders and candidates like Jane Raybould, Kara Eastman, and Jane Kleeb. Violence is the natural result of the Left’s statements urging Democrats to literally ‘push back’ on Republicans and ‘resist’ at any cost. Voters face a stark choice between sanity and the rabid, hateful words that sparked this vandalism,” the Nebraska GOP said in a statement.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, the incident is under investigation. The publication reported that more than $1,200 in damage was done to the office.

The state’s Democratic Party issued a response on July 3, saying, “We understand how frightening it is right now to be working in politics where people are resorting to violence, racism, and other divisive rhetoric.”

“Our workplaces and homes are meant to be safe places where we pursue our goals and dreams,” it said. “We condemn the violence and vandalism that happened at the Nebraska Republican Party. We want to remind citizens it is our duty to each other and to our country to debate, stand up for issues and to help people. We never stand for violence.”

It’s not the first time that Republicans have been targeted with vandalism in Nebraska.

U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s Lincoln office was vandalized in December, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s family found derogatory signs in their yard on Christmas Day 2017.