A 55-year-old man from Richmond, California, has been arrested for allegedly building homemade explosives and making criminal threats against Muslims in his community.
Police took William Celli into custody after receiving a tip from an anonymous caller. After evacuating his entire neighborhood, a SWAT team found a suspicious device in his home which may or may not have been active.
Soon after Celli’s arrest, details of his Facebook account began emerging, according to which he has strong opinions against undocumented immigrants, refugees and Hillary Clinton.
However, he greatly admires Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
In an October Facebook post, Celli called Trump a “great point man," saying that he'd "follow this MAN to the end of the world."
In another, posted last year in June, according to Heavy.com, he expressed his disapproval of “invasion of illegals.”
“I’m very unhappy to report we are getting invaded by tens of thousands (sic) of illegals 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.”
Although Celli has been charged with possession of an explosive device and making criminal threats, there’s a lot of debate over what would have happened if he was an Arab-Muslim instead of a white man from Richmond.
The entire neighborhood would be on lockdown for days. News organizations would dig out the smallest details of his past, hinting terrorism links without source-checked evidentiary support. Most of the discussion would revolve around his faith and the groups or individuals responsible for his radicalization.
If one follows this utterly ridiculous pattern of blame in Celli’s case, Trump would emerge as his primary source of radicalization, even though the media mogul — despite being the bigot that he is — doesn’t encourage bombing of Muslims.
Celli’s case is yet another one that shows how terrorism cannot be associated with a single race, religion or ethnicity. It’s a universal phenomenon that targets humanity as a whole.
Hopefully, Trump will now think twice before blaming all Muslims for extremism now that he has been found as a source of inspiration to a potential bomb maker.