Donald Trump wasted no time seizing on the Brussels terrorist attacks to promote himself, and his critics were similarly quick to denounce him for it.
“For the love of God, we don’t even know how many people are dead: the story is NOT Donald Trump,” tweeted MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
He was responding to Trump’s many hot takes on the tragedy that killed at least 31 people and wounded dozens. Among them was this tweet: “Do you all remember how beautiful and safe a place Brussels was. Not anymore, it is from a different world! U.S. must be vigilant and smart!”
Later, Trump tweeted video of himself saying in January that Brussels is “a hell hole” because Muslims there have not assimilated. On NBC’s “Today” show, he said the subject was “very dear and near to my heart because I’ve been talking about it certainly much more than anybody else and it’s why I’m probably No. 1 in the polls.”
While online reaction ran the gamut, it was clear the comments did not sit well with many.
“Who’d vote for this dude,” asked one Twitter user.
The tweets are still coming in but here is a sampling:
Watch Donald Trump’s response to the Brussels terror attack on “Today.”