Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been touring the United States making an effort to win over minority voters after spending the last year alienating the same individuals. Trump’s efforts have been lauded in the media as both transparent and tone deaf. His recent comments about an NBA superstar’s family tragedy has done the faux-billionaire no favors in attempting to reach minorities.
NBA superstar Dwayne Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge was murdered as she walked her young child around in a stroller in Chicago. Police believe the circumstances surrounding Aldrige’s death are she was struck with bullets from a gang-related skirmish and that she was not a primary target.
Trump, staying true to disgusting form, used the death of Aldridge to attempt to score cheap political points and vindicate his attempts to lure minority voters to support him. Trump tweeted:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
A variety of high profile individuals have shared their contempt for Trump attempting to benefit from the tragic murder of Aldridge. The CEO and Founder of Gum Road, Sahil Lavingia, pointed out Trump’s hypocrisy. He tweeted:
@realDonaldTrump Didn’t you say Clinton shouldn’t use deaths of Blacks for her political gain?
— Sahil Lavingia (@shl) August 27, 2016
Award winning journalist Lauren Duca joined in on railing against Trump, who deleted his Tweet for spelling errors, but quickly replaced it:
.@realDonaldTrump So we’re clear: You took the time to delete this because of the misspelling, but didn’t reconsider ANY OF THE OTHER PARTS?
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) August 27, 2016
Dwyane Wade also tweeted out about the incident, but did not mention Trump:
The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help& more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016
Trump’s tone deafness is now apparent for all individuals to observe. He has attempted to use the death of an innocent woman to justify his hateful campaign rhetoric, and those attempts are falling flat.