If history is any indication, it could be a problem for anyone who looks like they might be a Muslim. An East Indian friend of my families, who was Hindu, was chased by crazies in an incident during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Similar confusion took place in the days following 9/11.
I hope the conservatives whipping all this up for election purposes feel good about themselves. As they’ve done in the past with abortion clinic bombings and killings, I expect statements to begin with, “I don’t condone violence under any circumstances, but…” And the what will follow is an an Islamophobic rant.