Internet hammers 'exploitative scumbag' Donald Trump for capitalizing on New York bombing
Donald Trump speaks to supporters (a katz / Shutterstock.com)

GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took a beating on Twitter late Saturday night after using an explosion in a dumpster at a New York construction site to alarm a crowd at a Colorado rally.


Moments after New York news services announced a loud explosion in the Chelsea area -- and well before first responders began investigating --  Trump told a crowd of rabid supporters, "Just before I got off the plane, a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows exactly what’s going on, but we are living in a time when we’ve got to get very tough, folks. We’ve got to get very, very tough.”

“It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world and in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant," he added. "We’re gonna end it. We’re gonna end it.”

Reports of Trump's off-the-cuff and alarming remarks infuriated Twitter users -- particularly commenters who live in New York and stood by watching investigators do their work as life in Manhattan continued on.

Leading the pack was commentator Keith Olbermann, who called the GOP presidential candidate an "exploitative scumbag," writing, "Dear @RealDonaldTrump: I'm sorry the explosion in Chelsea scared you so much when everybody IN Chelsea seems fine #YouExploitativeScumbag"

A sampling of from Twitter below.