NEW YORK, April 28 (UPI) -- As Baltimore erupted with rioting Monday night, presidential hopeful Donald Trump took to Twitter to air his opinions, which many users deemed racist and insensitive.
"Our great African-American president hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!" he tweeted.
Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015
Thousands responded with disgust to the tweet.
@realDonaldTrump that's not at all racist, go to bed.— FlintsDoubtingTom (@DoubtingTomFMI) April 28, 2015
@realDonaldTrump so very rude and racist very disappointed in you Mr. Trump— Me. I Am JoJo (@dishinwitJoJo) April 28, 2015
@realDonaldTrump you're an idiot Donny. Our President is two things you'll never be: A decent person and President.— Me! (@Nativemanley) April 28, 2015
@realDonaldTrump you are an awful human— Sam Ricketts (@SamTRicketts) April 28, 2015
Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for Maryland, activating the National Guard to begin restoring order in the city. Violent riots broke out following Freddie Gray's funeral Monday resulting in several injuries among law enforcement.