Donald Trump
Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a campaign event in Concord, North Carolina, March 7, 2016. Reuters/Chris Keane

Donald Trump took his attacks on Muslims and Islam to another level Tuesday night when he claimed on CNN that “Islam hates us.”

In an interview with newsman Anderson Cooper, the real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate said that there was a “tremendous hatred there,” referring to Muslims and, apparently, Islam itself.

“We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us,” Trump told Cooper.

The comment elicited exasperation at Trump’s continued ability to speak in simplistic, sweeping terms when it comes to the religion practiced by 1.6 billion people around the world. It also launched the hashtag #NextLevel Trump in an effort to highlight the absurdity of Trump’s words.

“Islam (which is apparently a sentient being) hates you. YOU. Is this peak Islam bogeyman? How ever will he outdo himself?” tweeted Hend Amry, a Libyan-American writer who frequently comments on social issues related to Muslims. She ended the tweet with the #NextLevelTrump hashtag — and encouraged her Twitter followers to come up with ways Trump could top himself.

“The Donald just threw 1.6 billion Muslims in with the lot of terrorists — ‘Islam hates us,’” she tweeted. “Get creative & help him one-up himself.”

Twitter seized on the new hashtag. The result is a series of humorous tweets that “blame” Islam for everything including the abduction of the Lindbergh baby, sinking the Titanic, and the invention of "Star Wars" character Jar Jar Binks. Below are some of the best: