Refusing to apologize for the perceived insensitivity of his tweets following the murder of professional basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Donald Trump doubled down on his contention that he is the best presidential candidate to serve America’s black community. “Now that African-Americans are seeing what a bad job Hillary type policy and management has done to the inner-cities, they want TRUMP!” he tweeted this morning, even after coming under intense criticism for trying to politicize the murder of Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge. The 32-year-old mother of four was fatally shot in the head after getting caught in a crossfire on the South Side of Chicago, where over 400 have died from gunshot wounds so far this year.
Following her murder, Trump had tweeted “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!” It was seen as an insensitive attempt to deflect attention from the GOP candidate’s racist reputation and also initially misspelled Wade’s first name. Hours later, after criticism had begun to mount, Trump tweeted “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
Nykea Aldridge was pushing her newborn infant in a stroller after enrolling one of her children in school when gunfire erupted. Brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, both of whom have gang ties and were on parole for gun charges, started shooting at an unidentified man they had exchanged dirty looks with. Rather than hitting their intended target, they shot Aldridge twice, once in the head and once in the arm. She died from her wounds 45 minutes later at a nearby hospital. After being apprehended, both men were charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.