One of the kind of supporters Donald Trump has in the past called “passionate” was arrested Sunday morning after police received tips he was threatening Muslims and building homemade explosives. Before safely detonating a device they found in William Celli’s Richmond, California, home, authorities had evacuated the neighborhood in the city just north of Berkeley. It was undetermined whether the device was active or inert.
Celli had regularly posted negative comments on his Facebook page about Syrian refugees, immigrants, Hispanics, Democrats, and Republicans he considers insufficiently conservative. On October 21, he posted: “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.”
Of course, Donald Trump cannot be directly blamed for anything a random fan may do or say. But the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination has injected a fresh spring in the step of white extremists. In what should come as no surprise to anyone given Trump’s barrage of racist and anti-Muslim spew, white nationalists are looking to his campaign with admiration and hopefulness. The Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi group Stormfront are even using him to expand their outreach. The national organizer of the Knights Party, a Klan group, urges members to use Trump’s campaign as a conversation starter in their recruiting efforts.
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