Trump camp highlights second Wade tweet amid controversy – USA TODAY
WASHINGTONÂ â Donald Trump’s campaign manager defended the Republican presidential candidate’s exclamatory tweet aboutÂ the murder of a Chicago Bulls player’s cousin, saying it was a sign that Trump will be “taking his message to communities of color” in the coming weeks.
Trump suggested Saturday thatÂ the shootingÂ ofÂ Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, while pushing a baby stroller validates his claims about urban crime. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” he said.
Trump’s critics accused him of politicizing the tragedy.Â And on CBS’s Face the NationÂ Sunday, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway deflected questions about the meaning of thatÂ tweet.
“He tweeted his condolences to the family right after that, andÂ Iâd like everyone to know about both tweets,” she said.
The next tweet, which came hours later, read: “My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge. They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
âI think you have to look at both tweets where he expresses his condolences,” Conway said.Â “He reminds everybody heâs been trying to make the case that the increase in random crime and senseless murders, the poverty, the joblessness, the homelessness in some of our major cities is unacceptable to all of us.â
Speaking on CNNâs State of the Union, Trumpâs running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also defended the GOP presidential nomineeâs response to the Chicago killing, pointing to Trumpâs follow-up tweet and blaming the media for not âfocusing on what the Clintons have been up to for the last 30 years.â
Regarding Trumpâs reaction Saturday, Pence said Trump âhas a plainspoken way about him. And the tragedy of a mother pushing her child on the streets of Chicago being shot and killed, as Nykea Aldridge was, just breaks my heart.â