The Metropolitan Republican Club, which serves as the headquarters for the Manhattan Republican Party, was vandalized on Thursday night by anarchist leftists who left a threatening message behind for the GOP: “This attack is merely a beginning.”

In addition to leaving the windows shattered and tagging the building with spray-painted signs of anarchy, the vandals left a note that outlined their purpose.

“Tonight, we put the Republican Party on notice, in defiance to the policy of mass misery they have championed,” the note read. “The U.S. government has established concentration camps around the country for Latino people, shamelessly murdering black people, and continues its war machine that has slaughtered Muslim people with impunity for decades. The so-called ‘Land of the Free’ leads the world in incarceration rates per capita, all the while profiteering in the new plantation within the prison walls.”

The Met Club responded with a message of their own, condemning the anarchists and their message.

“Last night the Metropolitan Republican Club was vandalized by the leftist hate group Antifa, who also left a note promising ‘this is just the beginning’ and threatening more violence,” they wrote in a statement. “Republicans are a minority party in NYC by a wide margin, and while most city residents are respectful of our activities, our grassroots actions are often met with hostility. Last night’s shameful attack by Antifa cowards represents a tragic new low.

“Sadly this is only the most recent example of leftist violence and aggression against the Conservative Movement,” the statement continued. “But rest assured that we will not be intimidated by violence, threats, or hate speech. We will continue to fight for freedom of speech and liberty here in New York City and all across this great nation.”

Unfortunately, the vandalism was merely a prelude of what was to come. On Saturday, following a speech by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, clashes between Antifa and McInnes’ followers led to several arrests and injuries. This predictably led every Democrat in the city and every left-wing blog on the internet to blame the right-wingers for the violence. We’re not saying every member of the pro-Western Civilization group behaved themselves in a manner befitting a gentleman, but when you’re up against masked Antifa protesters – all of whom have shown a propensity for violence and destruction – you can’t exactly stand around and wait for a broken bottle to hit you in the face.

Besides, when the choices come down to either A) surrendering your right to free speech and free assembly or B) engaging in fisticuffs with spoiled white kids who think we’re living under Nazi control…well, we can’t say we blame them for a little bit of brawling.