Back in January, Trump referred to Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, as a “hell hole”, adding that it has been ruined by extremists now residing there.
The New York Times among others accused Trump of “insulting” Belgians and also of being racist.
Following the attacks on Brussels this week, Trump’s comments were once again highlighted.
Trump repeated the sentiment this week, noting that “Brussels was one of the great, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, 20 years ago. It was amazing, actually, and safe. Now, it’s an absolute horror show.”
That statement has found its way into an ISIS propaganda video, released by the pro-ISIS al-Battar Media Foundation and exchanged by ISIS supporters on social media.