28, August 2016
US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has sparked a firestorm on social media after he exploited the shooting death of an African-American woman in Chicago.
Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of Dwyane Wade, a star player on the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, was caught in the crossfire and shot in the head and arm while pushing a baby stroller on Friday afternoon.
“My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough,” Wade tweeted after the event. Instead of offering condolences, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning, looking ahead to Election Day.
The message stunned many on social media. “There’s nothing more horrifying than a presidential candidate patting himself on the back after someone is killed,” someone posted on Twitter. “I’m sure you are all Dwayne Wade’s family can even think about right now!!” read another post. “You’re a national disgrace. My god, man,” another user said.
Trump had initially misspelled Wade’s first name and later posted another tweet, correcting the spelling but leaving the rest of the message intact. Several hours after the initial tweet, however, the GOP nominee offered his condolences to Wade and his family.
The White House hopeful has been making appeals to black voters in recent weeks, trying to make the case why they should vote for him in November.
“You’re living in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed,” he said at a rally in Michigan last week.
Trump’s characterization of African-American communities in that speech was widely criticized as offensive. Recent polls show as little as one or two percent of African Americans support the bombastic candidate.