Donald Trump Exploits Fatal Shooting Of Dwyane Wade's Cousin
Nykea Aldridge (Facebook)
Yesterday afternoon, a 32-year-old woman was killed while pushing her baby in a stroller in the South Side. The victim, Nykea Aldridge, a mother of four and cousin of Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade, had apparently been out to register her children at a nearby school.
The Chicago Tribune reports Aldridge "and a man were walking in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue about 3:30 p.m. when two men approached and someone began firing at the man, authorities and the family spokesman said. Aldridge was hit in the head and the arm and taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died, police said. The baby was not hurt, and a relative came to the scene and took the child, police said."
Chief of Detectives Jimmy Jones called Aldridge "an innocent victim in this senseless shooting."
Wade mourned his cousin's death and lamented the violence:
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has previously claimed he could stop Chicago's violence in a week, showed his crassness has unfathomable depths by tweeting:
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
Actor Don Cheadle had a succinct reaction:
You are truly a POS https://t.co/cyTwxgxwDh— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 27, 2016
Sorry. I misspelled "die in a grease fire." https://t.co/16K2iq1pF4— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) August 27, 2016
Trump has been condescending to African-American voters by using this approach: "To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose? You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?"
A few days ago, Wade, who grew on the South Side, participated in a roundtable discussion with activists and athletes organized by The Undefeated at the South Side YMCA discussing gun violence:
Wade's mother Jolinda, who overcame her past as a drug dealer and is now a pastor, spoke out about her niece's death: "Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it. We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening. We're still going to help empower people like the one who senselessly shot my niece in the head."