Trump Slammed for Controversial Tweet About Dwayne Wade Cousin's Shooting
By Mary Kay Linge, The New York Post
Donald Trump on Saturday connected the death of NBA all-star Dwyane Wade’s cousin to his own campaign’s efforts to woo black voters.
“Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” Trump tweeted — initially misspelling the Chicago Bulls player’s first name, and then fixing the error.
“Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
Later on, he added: “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
The tweets were in reaction to the Friday killing of Aldridge, a 32-year-old woman who was caught in crossfire while pushing her baby in a stroller in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood.
Trump, who casts himself as the law-and-order candidate, has made appeals to African-American voters in recent days, saying the struggles of minority communities are a result of Democrats’ policies.
But Trump opponents on social media were puzzled by the tweets — and the mogul’s ABCs.
“You can’t pretend to care enough to check the spelling of his name before exploiting his cousin’s horrific death?” tweeted Alafair Burke.