Baltimore riots: Billionaire Donald Trump slammed after blaming ‘our great African American …

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has attacked ‘our great African American President’ over the violence in Baltimore.

The American city exploded into violence following the death of a black man in custody, with rioters setting fires and clashing with police overnight.

Trump responded with a series of tweets criticising the situation, but was criticised after his comments about Barack Obama.

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

He wrote that the President ‘hadn’t exactly had a positive effect’ on the thugs who were destroying Baltimore.

In previous tweets he slammed the police response for not being tough enough.

His comments, sent out to his 2.87m followers, were not well received. A number of people on social media accused him of racism and race-baiting by highlighting the fact Obama is black.

Blatant and rampant property destruction in Baltimore as the police stand by and watch. Should be a lesson on how NOT to handle riots. SAD!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

Wow, 15 policemen hurt in Baltimore, some badly! Where is the National Guard. Police must get tough, and fast! Thugs must be stopped.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

One tweeter, with the username Vietnameseicecream, described Trump as a ‘race-baiting old white man’, while Zachary Webb said he was an ‘idiot’ and that race ‘had nothing to do with it’.

Others have pointed out that the comments betray the 68-year-old Trump’s so-far unrealised presidential ambitions.

He expressed an interest in running in 2012 but in the end he didn’t run, though he has since spent money looking at a potential 2016 candidacy.

Eww @donaldtrump your comments are racist, ignorant and bigoted. It’s time to get your nappy changed and time for bed. #oldass

— Shamz Le Roc (@ShamzLeRoc) April 28, 2015

Donald Trump is trying to focus this on Obama???????
Obama is two things Donald Trump will never be
1. A decent person
2. A president

— Magdalena (@magiiiiie) April 28, 2015

@realDonaldTrump race baiting at its finest

— Fo (@AlldayFoday) April 28, 2015

The riots broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray, the man who died in custody, and then spread through much of West Baltimore in the most violent US demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Gray’s death on April 19 reignited a public outcry over police treatment of African Americans that flared last year after the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, New York City and elsewhere.

Reuters A Baltimore Metropolitan Police transport vehicle burns during clashes in Baltimore, Maryland April 27, 2015.

Violent Streets: A Baltimore Metropolitan Police transport vehicle burns during clashes in Baltimore, Maryland

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as firefighters battled blazes set by looters.

Rioters with baseball bats smashed windows of cars outside major hotels in Baltimore, perhaps best known in the UK as the setting for gritty TV drama The Wire.

Getty Images Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car in the street near the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues during violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

City Protest: Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car in the street

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters “thugs” and imposed a citywide curfew for adults beginning Tuesday night, with exceptions for work and medical emergencies.

There is already a curfew for children and officials have requested up to 5,000 additional law enforcement officers.

Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car VIEW GALLERY

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