In addition to fallaciously claiming he saw a video in which Muslims in New Jersey were "cheering" on 9/11, earlier this month, GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States. Since Trump's support spikes each time he espouses violent rhetoric aimed at Muslims, it's almost certain that he won't be stopping any time soon.
While he's often characterized as a blowhard, a parody and a caricature, it's important to remember that Trump's hateful words carry a lot of weight -- that some people aren't just listening to them, they're acting on them.
CBS San Francisco reports that on Sunday (Dec. 21), 55-year-old William Celli was arrested after an anonymous tipster informed the Richmond, California police department that Celli was allegedly "making explosives in his home with the intent of harming the Muslim community." MTV News confirmed that as of Tuesday (Dec. 22), Celli was being held in the Martinez Detention Facility.
ThinkProgress reports that in addition to "evacuating the entire neighborhood, police detonated what appeared to be a homemade bomb, telling reporters they were not sure if it was an inert or active device."
Celli also voiced his support for the GOP candidate in a few posts, claiming in one that he'd follow "[Trump] to the end of the world."
Thankfully, in this instance, no one was hurt. But we can't afford to merely dismiss Trump as fodder for memes -- clearly, his words have real-world consequences.