Donald Trump is once again igniting outrage with a single tweet.
The U.S. Republican presidential nominee posted a message on social media Saturday morning following the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.
The initial tweet didn’t offer condolences, instead focusing on his bid to win African-American voters in the Nov. 8 American election.
“Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” he wrote after initially deleting the same tweet that misspelled Wade’s first name as Dwayne and receiving backlash as a result. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!
Aldridge, a mother of four, died Friday after being caught in cross-fire while pushing a baby stroller in Chicago’s South Side near a school where she intended to register her children.
Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, seen here at a news conference, tweeted about the shooting death of his cousin in Chicago Friday. (David Banks/USA Today Sports/Reuters)
The Chicago Bulls basketball star tweeted about the shooting Friday, calling it “another act of senseless gun violence.”
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough
Trump’s tweet was slammed as opportunist by many on social media, including Captain America: Civil War and Hotel Rwanda star Don Cheadle.
Don Cheadle is among many criticizing Trump for a tweet on the death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin. (Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)
“You are truly a POS,” Cheadle wrote Saturday. In a second tweet, he said: “Sorry. I misspelled ‘die in a grease fire.'”