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.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2016
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:
For the love of God, we don't even know how many people are dead: the story is NOT Donald Trump.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 22, 2016
Who'd vote for this dude?! : Donald Trump after Brussels attacks: "I would do a lot more than waterboarding" https://t.co/pEFCpgoorf”
— Rachelle F Chapman (@FollowRachelle) March 22, 2016
Crazy what's going on in the world. From Brussels to Brasil. Here we are, in the US, still debating Trump.
— Lloyd 1n Space (@Lloyd1nSpace) March 22, 2016
Dear Donald Trump, re Brussels, and I mean this in the nicest way: shut up and fuck you. KTHXBAI
— Helen Sventitsky (@bigstarlet) March 22, 2016
— Christiane Wilke (@jaanewilke) March 22, 2016
Trump is like, super poll-driven. That's why he talked about Brussels this morning https://t.co/FVEYl2TTIB
— Jaime Ashander (@jaimedash) March 22, 2016
— Dicentra ن (@dicentra33) March 22, 2016
Trump's going to squeeze every drop of reactionary hate out of Brussels
— JUDICIAL NOMINEE (@coreybeasley) March 22, 2016
Watch Donald Trump’s response to the Brussels terror attack on “Today.”