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Donald Trump Sparks Backlash With Tweet About Death of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin

August 27, 2016

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during his campaign event at the BB&T Center on August 10, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle — Getty Images

He said Nykea Aldridge’s death is a reason black voters will support him.

Donald Trump sparked outrage on Saturday when he used the shooting death of basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin as a reason black voters will support his presidential campaign.

Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother of four, was fatally shot in Chicago on Friday afternoon while pushing her baby in a stroller and walking to register her children for school.

“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday, spelling Wade’s name incorrectly. He then deleted the original tweet and posted a new version, changing only the spelling Wade’s name.

Trump has made attempts to appeal to black voters in recent weeks, while polls have shown his support among black voters to be dramatically low.

“You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump said during a speech in Michigan earlier this month.

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