NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Donald Trump is receiving criticism for his latest tweets, after NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin was fatally gunned down near a Chicago school where she intended to register her children.
“Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” Trump wrote Saturday. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
One person responded: “@realDonaldTrump Glad you’re not making this about you. Whew!”
Originally he had spelled Dwyane wrong, but deleted the incorrect version, replacing it with a new tweet using the same wording.
Some criticized his record with African American voters, accusing him of trying to appeal to them too late. Trump has ramped up efforts to appeal to black and Hispanic voters in recent weeks as the polls show him slipping behind rival Hillary Clinton.
Trump later followed up with a second tweet sending the family his condolences.
“My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers,” he wrote.
Meanwhile, Wade, who grew up in Chicago’s south suburbs and recently signed with the Chicago Bulls, decried on Twitter Friday what he called “another act of senseless gun violence.”
Chicago police say they’re questioning three people in the shooting.
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