Donald Trump has upset the already beleaguered people of Belgium, calling its capital, Brussels, “a hellhole.”

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LONDON — He incensed Paris and London by saying that some of their neighborhoods were so overrun with radicals that the police were too scared to enter.

He raised Scottish tempers by threatening to pull the plug on his investments there, including his luxury golf courses, if British politicians barred him from entering their country.

Now Donald Trump has upset the already beleaguered people of Belgium, calling its capital, Brussels, “a hellhole.”

Asked by the Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo about the feasibility of his proposal to bar foreign Muslims from entering the United States, Trump argued that Belgium and France had been blighted by the failure of Muslims in these countries to integrate.

“There is something going on, Maria,” he said. “Go to Brussels. Go to Paris. Go to different places. There is something going on and it’s not good, where they want Shariah law, where they want this, where they want things that — you know, there has to be some assimilation. There is no assimilation. There is something bad going on.”

Warming to his theme, he added that Brussels was particularly dangerous. The city was unable to thwart several extremists involved in November’s terrorist attacks in and near Paris, in which 130 people died.

“You go to Brussels — I was in Brussels a long time ago, 20 years ago, so beautiful, everything is so beautiful — it’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Trump continued.

For Belgians, already reeling from recent terrorist plots, a chronically dysfunctional government and accusations — at least in one Italian newspaper — of being “Belgistan,” Trump’s words were enough to induce a fit of pique worthy, in some cases, of Trump himself.

Before long, the hashtag #hellhole was gaining traction on Twitter as Belgians lashed out at Trump, deploying an arsenal of insults, irony and humor, including images of Belgium’s beloved beer and chocolate.

One Twitter user posted a picture of Trump with what appeared to be a Belgian waffle stuffed in his mouth.

A Twitter user with the moniker Berlaymonster (Berlaymont is the headquarters complex of the European Commission in Brussels) posted what appeared to be a modified version of the Wikipedia entry for Dante’s “Inferno.” The list of chapters showed Limbo, Lust and Gluttony. The fourth chapter? Brussels.