With an entourage of reporters documenting his every move, native New Yorker Donald Trump made a brief stop at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in Manhattan Saturday -- leaving the press waiting outside while taking a quick 30-minute tour.
Accompanied by his wife Melania, the GOP presidential front-runner -- who is still campaigning in his home state while skipping appearances in California and Colorado -- walked through the museum for the first time, surprising tourists and locals at the site of the 2001 attack.
Not everyone was pleased, with some turning to Twitter and Instagram to post pictures of the controversial candidate with commentary.
On Instagram, josh_andew posted a photo of the candidate and his wife, writing, "Ugh a Trump sighting in NYC #Hillary2016 #NoTrump"
Others on Twitter were less polite, criticizing the GOP presidential candidate for everything from demonizing Muslims to using the stop for campaign purposes.
Seriously can't believe I saw Donald trump. Shame he blames all Muslims on events that take place like 9/11, the museum he's visiting.— Callum Fairhurst (@Callum Fairhurst)1460219754.0
I'm at the 9/11 Memorial and no joke Donald Trump just came through and everyone was extremely mad.— Nick (@Nick)1460220734.0
Look at this golden haired fear mongering motherfucker. https://t.co/jrRDtXmCCW— Nick (@Nick)1460221460.0
What's the difference between Trump's staged visit to the 9/11 memorial and Clinton's staged trip on the subway? Such a hypocrite.— Kathy (@Kathy)1460221083.0
When Donald trump interrupts and delays ur tour so he can finish his at the 911 museum https://t.co/GgXgzm755D— Brenna Marli (@Brenna Marli)1460220311.0
It took Trump 4.5 years to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. And he finally did it to curry favor on the eve of the NY primary. Unreal.— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern)1460228788.0
@maggieNYT Trump lives in Manhattan and is visting the 9/11 Museum for the first time. I'm from Anchorage, Alaska and I've been there twice.— Jim Wilke (@Jim Wilke)1460222629.0
Press pulled out of press van to talk to Trump after his 30 mins at 9/11 museum. Press then told actually no q's and piled back in van.— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1460220656.0
The press also took some heat for slavishly following the candidate who has abused and criticized them, while calling them "disgusting."
1) Trump visits museum, tells press to follow 2) Trump ignores press, press gets nothing 3) Coming up next - more coverage of Donald Trump— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC)1460224200.0