The Seminole County Republican Party headquarters was vandalized over the weekend by apparent anarchist groups, prompting the chairwoman of the GOP to blame comments on a tirade from President Joe Biden.
The Seminole County GOP, located in central Florida, posted about the vandalism on their Facebook page.
“Our office was vandalized this weekend, our answer to hate, clean up and move on,” they wrote.
The entrance to the offices was seen in photos, showing explicit messages written in spray paint that read “EAT S*** FASCISTS” with an anarchist symbol underneath them.
Police were called about the incident at 10:42 a.m. on Monday. The criminals also put superglue on the lock of the front door. The damages added up to approximately $700, and there was no surveillance footage of the incident.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted about the vandalism, blaming Biden for rhetoric endorsing the idea that conservatives are fascists.
“The Seminole County GOP office was vandalized overnight,” she wrote. “The criminals echoed Biden’s ‘fascists’ slander. There is no place for violence in our political discourse, and the GOP will not be intimidated.”
McDaniel was referring to the president’s comments at a campaign rally speech on Friday, in which he called pro-Trump Republicans semi-fascists.
“What we’re seeing now, is either the beginning or the death knell of an extreme MAGA philosophy,” said Biden. “It’s not just Trump, it’s the entire philosophy that underpins the – I’m going to say something, it’s like semi-fascism.”
The Republican Party of Florida agreed with McDaniel, arguing in a Facebook post that Biden’s comments were creating the problem. In addition, they mentioned Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who is the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Florida, for his recent comments in which he said that those who support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “have hate in their heart.”
“1. Crist says DeSantis supporters ‘have hate in their heart,’” the post began. “2. Biden calls Republicans semi-fascist. The results? Dangerous Democrat rhetoric is polarizing our country and inciting criminal behavior.”
DeSantis said it is ironic that Crist claims to want to “unify Florida” but starts his campaign by attacking a large portion of his voter base.
“He says he wants a Florida for all. And then you condemn a majority of the people in the state of Florida: Give me a break,” DeSantis said.