Trump tweets: Fatal shooting of NBA star's cousin is reason African-Americans will vote for me – CNET
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Recent analysis suggests Donald Trump doesn’t write all his tweets.
On Saturday morning, however, his Twitter account was adorned with a musing that felt as if it came instantly from his exalted mind.
It read: “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!”
On Friday, Nykea Aldridge, cousin of the Chicago Bulls guard, was walking with a man and pushing a stroller, when they were approached by two men.
One allegedly opened fire and Aldridge was hit in the arm and the head. She died of her injuries.
Wade’s tweet after the event presents a painful contrast to Trump’s.
“My cousin was killed today in Chicago,” he wrote. “Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough.”
Trump, though, seems only to see tragedy through the prism of self-regard. He seems only able to react by going to Twitter and making it about him.
After the Orlando massacre, in which 49 people were murdered, he offered another instant reaction: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”
Not everyone found that tweet smart. Not everyone found the tweet about Wade’s cousin smart either.
“Will you be citing all black murders going forward as reasons to vote Trump?” MTVNews’ Jamil Smith said on Twitter. “Or just those related to famous people?”
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson revived Hillary Clinton’s musing of a few weeks ago: “Delete your account.”
LA police commissioner Steve Soboroff tweeted this: “Sir, it looks [like] you woke up before your new advisors and @EricTrump.”
Trump also posted an afterthought tweet of sympathy: “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
Earlier this week, Trump promised that if he were to be elected, he’d solve the problem of violence in inner cities. He likened such areas to “war zones.”
As The Hill reported, he told a crowd in Akron, Ohio: “I say it with such a deep felt feeling, what do you have to lose? I’ll straighten it out. I’ll bring jobs back, We’ll bring spirit back. I’ll get rid of the crime, so you’ll be able to walk down the street without getting shot.”
Trump’s popularity among African-Americans isn’t exactly elevated. Some polling suggests that, in Pennsylvania and Ohio, he’s getting zero percent of the African-American vote.
Still, those who feared that America would now be offered a new, softer, more judicious Donald Trump might be relieved.