Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted Saturday about the fatal shooting in Chicago of the cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade, in another apparent attempt to persuade black voters to vote for him in November.
“Just what I have been saying,” Trumped tweeted. “African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was shot and killed Friday afternoon while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago's South Side.
Chicago Police said the 32-year-old Aldridge was shot in the head and arm by two men outside an elementary school. The shooters appeared to be targeting a third man, police also said.
Wade is a Chicago native who recently signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls. He was informed of the shooting 24 hours after taking part in an ESPN town hall on gun violence in the city.
Trump in recent days has aggressively tried to win over black voters, arguing that Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton and Democratic lawmakers who for decades have run major U.S. cities have neglected their African-American residents by being soft on crime while providing inadequate public schooling and few job opportunities.
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Trump, who is running as a law-and-order candidate, said at a rally last week in suburban Detroit: " If Hillary Clinton's goal was to inflict pain to the African American community, she could not have done a better job. It is a disgrace. … Detroit tops the list of most dangerous cities in terms of violent crime … This is the legacy of the Democratic politicians who have run this city. .. 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?"
Earlier this week, Trump suggested Clinton is a “bigot” because her policies have failed to improve life in black communities.
Clinton responded during an interview Friday on MSNBC by claiming Trump has a “long history of racial discrimination" and that his campaign is "built on prejudice and paranoia."
Police in the fatal Chicago shooting say a man allegedly connected to the shooting was questioned Friday evening. The baby in the stroller wasn't hurt, and authorities said a relative has taken custody of the child.