Pro-life Washington GOP lawmaker has his office firebombed – marking the SEVENTEENTH arson
Pro-life Washington GOP office to be bombed – marks the SEVENTEENTH arson attack on anti-abortion center since leaked Supreme Court draft last month
- Andrew Barkis, a Republican who represents the Olympia area in the Washington state legislature, was attacked at his office Monday
- Two masked individuals were caught on a Ring camera bringing a hammer to the door and then throwing a flaming torch inside
- Barkis is outspoken in his support for the repeal of Roe v Wade
- Since a draft Supreme Court decision was leaked on May 2 that would overturn the landmark 1973 ruling, at least 17 maternity clinics have been attacked
- No one has claimed responsibility for the attack and police are investigating whether it is linked to a $5,000 break-in at an antiques center by the same gang
- Barkis’ colleagues are convinced the attack was due to his pro-life views, noting that there have been many in the Washington area
A pro-life Republican politician had his office bombed Monday, the latest in a spate of attacks on maternity centers and pro-life officials in the wake of a bomb-leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade.
Andrew Barki, a Republican representing Olympia in the Washington state legislature, was attacked at his office in Olympia around 4 a.m.
It was not clear whether he was deliberately attacked for his beliefs. The same group of people were also seen 20 minutes later looting a nearby antique center.
Two masked people were caught on a Ring camera installed outside the building, breaking a window with a hammer and throwing a flaming torch into the building.
There were no injuries and no one has claimed responsibility.
Two masked individuals are seen in the early hours of Monday walking toward the door of Andrew Barkis’s office. The person on the right smashed the door with a hammer; the person on the left throws in a flaming torch
The first person can be seen raising their right arm with a hammer to smash through the door
The figure can be seen as the torch in the building takes hold
20 minutes later, three suspects — including the two seen at Barkis’s office — were seen breaking into Lighthouse Antiques, Olympia Police Lieutenant Paul Lower said.
The gang made off with $5,000 worth of merchandise and broke a skylight valued at $2,000. the Olympian reported.
“Two of the three suspects are clearly the suspects in the attempted arson,” a police report said, raising suspicions that the attack on Barkis’s office may have been a distraction.
Still, JT Wilcox, the House minority leader for Washington state, said he was convinced his colleague had been attacked for his pro-life views.
Andrew Barkis, a Republican representative in the Washington state legislature, is alleged to believe the attack on his office was deliberate
Since the Supreme Court’s draft decision to overturn Roe v Wade was published on May 2, at least 17 maternity clinics and pro-life centers have been attacked.
Many of the sites are covered in graffiti swearing revenge on those who curtail abortion rights.
It also comes after a 26-year-old California man was arrested outside the home of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a pro-life member of the court, and admitted he planned to kill Kavanaugh for his stance on Roe v. Wade.
Wilcox linked the attack on his colleague to this wave of threats – and said Barkis will now be forced to look over his shoulder permanently.
“An attack like that changes you forever,” Wilcox tweeted.
“On the same day, unhinged partisans publish a list of Andrew as an extremist, something we all know is BS. The image contained a burning fuse. Sick.’
It was not clear which list he was referring to.
Barkis has not commented, but Wilcox said his colleague believes he was deliberately targeted.
“I think this is clearly a target. I don’t think it would be easy to argue that this was a random event,” Wilcox said. MyNorthwest.compointing to the use of a ‘hammer and torch that people don’t just carry around’.
Jay Inslee, Washington’s Democrat governor who opposes the repeal of Roe v Wade, also condemned the attack.
“Such attempts at violence are abhorrent,” Inslee said.
“We are grateful that no one was injured. Hopefully the police can identify these people before they do any more damage.”