By Paulina Firozi - 08-27-16 10:13 AM EDT
Donald Trump is facing heavy criticism on social media for his response to reports that NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was fatally shot in Chicago on Friday.
"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!," he tweeted on Saturday morning.
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!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2016
The tweet is in line with Trump's recent minority outreach attempts. He has specifically included rhetoric in his rally speeches that he hopes will appeal to black voters, including asking them "what do you have to lose" by voting for Trump.
"Look at how badly things are going under decades of Democratic leadership - look at the schools, look at the 58 percent of young African-Americans not working," Trump said to black voters at a rally in North Carolina last week.
But many have pointed to Trump's tweet as tone deaf and opportunistic in light of the tragic death, and criticized him for misspelling Dwyane Wade's name in the tweet.
There's nothing more horrifying than a presidential candidate patting himself on the back after someone is killed. https://t.co/TrrmEl0zpw- Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 27, 2016
All politicians are shameless opportunists, but it's stories like Dwyane Wade's cousin being shot that gets Trump out of bed with a smile.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 27, 2016
This is the digital equivalent of passing out yard signs at a funeral. Emotional intelligence here is less than 0 https://t.co/llFI8kDOcX- Tim Miller (@Timodc) August 27, 2016
Trump after Nice: I WAS RIGHT!
Trump after Orlando: I WAS RIGHT!
Trump after @DwyaneWade's cousin shot: I WAS RIGHT!
Utter lack of empathy.- David Harris-Gershon (@David_EHG) August 27, 2016
Perhaps not the tone shift Ailes/Rudy/others recommended https://t.co/sdu1DX6w94- Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 27, 2016
Trump still doesn't get it. Also don't think Wade will appreciate this. At all. https://t.co/26skxcSDem- Petey RobLowe (@jteeDC) August 27, 2016
Condolences to the family prior to exploiting for political purposes may have been appropriate. https://t.co/6ygPu3pFYM- Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) August 27, 2016
Dems: Tragic, and it's gu
GOP: Tragic, but it's culture
Trump: This is what I've been tellin' those blacks. I'm awesome.- Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 27, 2016
if you're gonna take advantage of his cousin's death, you might as well spell the name right.
Dwyane not Dwayne. https://t.co/nSO8kekQVq— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) August 27, 2016