Donald Trump tastelessly used the tragic shooting death of basketball star Dwyane Wade’s cousin to appeal to black voters — but he couldn’t even spell the Chicago Bulls player’s name correctly.
“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 tweeted Saturday, a day after 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge was shot dead in the city’s South Side. The mom of four did not appear to be the target of the shooting.
Critics swiftly condemned the Republican presidential hopeful’s callous message — which at first offered no condolences to Aldridge’s grieving family — and mocked the real estate mogul for misspelling Wade’s first name.
Three hours later, Trump deleted the typo tweet and sent out a new message, which was identical to his first post but with the correct spelling of Dwyane.
The first, misspelled tweet was sent from an Android, while the corrected version came from an iPhone. It has been widely speculated that messages penned by the Donald himself are written on his Samsung smartphone, and tweets from Apple devices are from his staffers.
An hour after the edited tweet, Trump finally offered sympathy to Aldridge’s family.
“My condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family, on the loss of Nykea Aldridge,” he tweeted from an iPad. “They are in my thoughts and prayers.”
The spelling gaffes didn’t end there. According to prepared remarks obtained by the Huffington Post for a speech Trump gave at the Iowa state fair on Saturday afternoon, Dwyane Wade’s name was, yet again, incorrectly spelled “Dwayne.”
Wade — who sent out his own tweets Friday night condemning senseless gun violence in the wake of his cousin’s death — did not respond to Trump. Instead, he continued to grieve and pay his respects to his slain cousin.
“RIP Nykea Aldridge… #EnoughIsEnough,” he tweeted Saturday.
Aldridge was pushing her 3-week-old daughter in a stroller Friday afternoon when she was shot in the head and arm near the Dulles School of Excellence. She was on her way to register her older children for school, officials said.
The baby girl was not injured in the gun attack.
“My cousin was killed today in Chicago,” Wade, who grew up in Chicago and signed with the Bulls earlier this year, tweeted Friday. “Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughisEnough.”
Outrage over Trump’s insensitive, pompous tweet was fierce and instantaneous.
“You are truly a POS,” actor Don Cheadle tweeted. He immediately followed up with a second scathing message: “Sorry. I misspelled ‘die in a grease fire.’”
“SO DISRESPECTFUL!!!” Rochelle Ritchie, a spokeswoman for Baltimore’s State’s Attorney, tweeted. “Using that woman’s death as your own political gain.”
Trump’s crass tweet came as he desperately and bizarrely tried to court black voters. He is currently polling around 1%.
Last week, he predicted that, if elected this November, he’ll be so good for black Americans that they’ll universally reelect him in 2020.
“At the end of four years I guarantee you I will get over 95% of the African-American vote,” he barked at a Michigan rally. “What do you lose by trying something new like Trump?”
He also claimed that Democratic rival Hillary Clinton — who is polling much better with black voters — is a “bigot” who doesn’t care about minority communities.
“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes — that’s all they care about,” Trump said earlier this month to an overwhelmingly white crowd.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used tragedy to brag about himself.
After the June shooting inside Orlando’s Pulse nightclub — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — the boisterous tycoon claimed he was “right” about terrorism as it was revealed gunman Omar Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS.
“Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism,” he tweeted just hours after 49 people were slaughtered inside the Florida gay bar. “I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!”