NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge was fatally shot Friday pushing a child in a stroller in a Chicago.
Less than 24 hours later, Donald Trump said her death was evidence that African-Americans will vote for him in November.
Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
The tweet Saturday morning is just the latest tone deaf comment by Trump as he attempts to reach out the African American community.
Trump has struggled to galvanize even a small share of the African-American voters, but this week has tried to make an appeal by falling many times on offensive stereotypes of African-American neighborhoods. Many times addressing mostly white audiences, Trump has called African-American neighborhoods “war zones” and asked them “what do you have to lose?”
“You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said at a rally in Virginia, according to the New York Times.
Wade confirmed his cousin’s death in a tweet. A local ABC news station reported that Aldridge “was pushing a baby in a stroller in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood after leaving the Dulles School of Excellence at around 3:30 p.m. when two men opened fire at another man, according to ABC-owned station WLS.”
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016