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!”
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
Condemnation for the horrifically cynical pitch was fast and furious on Twitter:
Trump does a victory lap over wade's cousin getting murdered. Unreal.
— Dig (@Dignooi) August 27, 2016
You are truly a POS https://t.co/cyTwxgxwDh
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 27, 2016
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 (@JamilSmith) August 27, 2016
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 (@NumbersMuncher) August 27, 2016
Trump still doesn't get it. Also don't think Wade will appreciate this. At all. https://t.co/26skxcSDem
— Petey RobLowe (@jteeDC) August 27, 2016
Donald Trump misspelled Dwyane Wade's name in that horrible stupid tweet
— Kevin Glass (@KevinWGlass) August 27, 2016
Conway: There has been some movement in the polls in our favor. So let's —
Trump: I want to talk about Wade's cousin!
— Bradley P. Moss, Esq (@BradMossEsq) August 27, 2016
Donald Trump tweets about Dwyane Wade, and instead of offering sympathy or comfort, he basically says "I told you so." Classic. 😴😴😴😴
— Ryan Bolt. ⚡ (@RyanFrazier_) August 27, 2016
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 (@RadioFreeTom) August 27, 2016
That Trump tweet about Wade was one of the most disgusting tweets I've ever seen on this medium. That's really saying something
— Bryan Gibberman (@Gibberman10) August 27, 2016