GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took a beating on Twitter Saturday morning after posting a tweet referencing the tragic shooting death NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin and using her death to urge African Americans to vote for him.
Following the announcement that Nykea Aldridge was shot and killed while pushing a stroller in Chicago, Trump tweeted: "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!"
Condemnation for the horrifically cynical pitch was fast and furious on Twitter:
That's an honest question, @realDonaldTrump: what is wrong with you? You say Clinton just sees black people as votes. What did you just do?— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith)1472306843.0
All politicians are shameless opportunists, but it's stories like Dwyane Wade's cousin being shot that gets Trump out of bed with a smile.— Josh Jordan (@Josh Jordan)1472305123.0
Conway: There has been some movement in the polls in our favor. So let's --- Trump: I want to talk about Wade's cousin! Conway: 😭😭😭— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1472307175.0
Donald Trump tweets about Dwyane Wade, and instead of offering sympathy or comfort, he basically says "I told you so." Classic. 😴😴😴😴— 👑 ¡ ŠïxŚīx ! 👑 (@👑 ¡ ŠïxŚīx ! 👑)1472310898.0
Chicago murder: Dems: Tragic, and it's guns GOP: Tragic, but it's culture Trump: This is what I've been tellin' those blacks. I'm awesome.— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1472304938.0