A Richmond, California man was arrested after police officers evacuated his neighborhood Sunday morning and detonated an explosive device at his home before neighbors were allowed to return to the area.
Police were alerted after a tip came in saying 55-year-old William Celli was making the devices and threatening to harm Muslims, according to KPIX.
According to Celli’s Facebook page, he is a supporter of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
One of his social media posts said, “Donald trumps on again I’m happy leaders okay but this guys a great point man I’ll follow this MAN to the end of the world.”
On October 28th, he wrote on Facebook, “Donald Trump’s on again I’m feeling good about myself.”
Celli describes himself as a self-employed plumber and complained last year, saying that he lost work to undocumented migrants — who he believes have “invaded” the U.S. and to draw welfare benefits, according to Raw Story.
“I have lost 30%of my business to to Hispanics coming to my country under false pretenses an and freeload in construction or in the blue-collar sector they need to go back home lets not talk about the welfare they suck dry,” he wrote in June 2014.
In October, he wrote on Facebook while generously using Republican caps and misspellings, “Canada just elected a new PM. The first point on his agenda is to WITHDRAW FREE M THE MIDEAST TURN HIS COUNTRY INTO A LEFT WING POT SMOKIN WELFARE STATE NOW YOU FREE LOADERS S HAVE ANOTHER COUNTRY TO GO TO TO DO NOTHING.”
“Tell me this is the POTUS OF THIS COUNTRY A TRUE IDIOT OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING,” he wrote on October 12th.
Liberal America reports:
This is not the first case of Trump’s words spurring supporters to violent action. In August, two men in Boston beat and urinated on a homeless Hispanic man. After the men were charged, Trump remarked:
“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”
Trump’s rhetoric is becoming dangerous. Children are being singled out in classrooms while violence erupts at almost every single Trump rally. Even one of the Republican frontrunner’s security guards punched a Hispanic protester in the face in September.
The heated rhetoric in the Presidential debate assists ISIL in propagating fear. Trump’s proposal to ‘ban Muslims’ is exactly what the terrorist group wants.
As one journalist pointed out on Twitter, the Islamic State – also known as ISIL, Daesch or ISIS — has killed far more Muslims than Christians, Westerners, or minorities during its existence.
Meanwhile, Celli, like other Trump supporters, complains of Syrian refugees and Muslims – both of which are fleeing terror at the hands of Daesch – not running to the terrorist group.
We think the authorities need to focus on the real threat in America: Domestic terrorists. After all, right-wing radicals are killing more Americans than Islamic radicals are.
Another citation to prove the threat from potential domestic terrorists: William Celli.