Donald Trump, the frontrunner Republican presidential primaries for the 2016 US election, has called Brussels a “hellhole”, unleashing a tsunami of ironic comments by residents of the EU’s capital in social media.
Having already offended Paris and London by saying that some of their neighbourhoods were so overrun with Muslim radicals that the police were too scared to enter, this time Trump picked on the city of Brussels.
In a comment on Fox News on 26 January, Trump said: “You go to Brussels. I was in Brussels a long time ago – 20 years ago – so beautiful, everything’s so beautiful. It’s like living in a hellhole right now.”
The remark prompted a wave of ironic Twitter postings, with many Brussels residents using the #hellhole hashtag alongside beautiful views of the Belgian capital’s ancient streets and parks, or of its renowned cuisine and artisan beer.
— Roberto Mongiovi (@MongioviRoberto) January 27, 2016
— Björn Pius (@bjorn_pius) January 27, 2016
— Philippe Duchesne (@pduchesne) January 27, 2016
— Tara Hadviger (@hadviger) January 27, 2016
— Lucas Demuelenaere (@ldemuele) January 27, 2016
You know, for a #hellhole, Brussels has a lot of things going for it. For one thing, Donald Trump doesn't live there.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) January 27, 2016
— Minion Andreva (@MinionAndreva) January 27, 2016
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) January 27, 2016
Trump recently stirred global outrage with his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, comparing his plan to the World War Two imprisonment of Japanese-Americans in an attempt to dismiss growing outrage from around the world.