You would think with the litany of vile, ignorant or outrageous things Donald Trump has said during his campaign, that nothing would surprise me anymore. However, just when you think he can’t stoop any lower — he does.
For instance, a tweet I’m sure most reading this have already heard about where he politicized the tragic shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, while she was pushing a baby in a stroller Friday in Chicago.
Just in case you haven’t seen the tweet, here it is:
Dwyane 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
To start, it is absolutely appalling that he exploited a murder just to continue his sad attempt to pander to African-American voters. Then again, this is the guy who found the “bright side” to terrorist attacks because he felt they benefitted his campaign. So it really shouldn’t shock anyone that he would stoop so low as to use this woman’s murder in a disgusting attempt to bolster his campaign.
Then there’s the blatant racism. He clearly thinks African-Americans are so naive that this shooting would somehow push them to support a man who’s backed by white supremacists and has shared anti-African American propaganda created by white nationalists. Let’s be honest, while tragic, the only reason this became a national story is because the victim was related to an NBA player. Had she not been, unfortunately, most of us would have never heard about it and Donald Trump damn sure wouldn’t have tweeted about it.
But then there’s the reality that this shooting, while heartbreaking, is part of the gun violence epidemic in this country that Republicans have done their best to make worse by opposing practically any attempt to pass responsible gun reforms. It takes a special kind of stupid to be the candidate for the pro-gun party who would actually attempt to exploit a murder that’s largely linked to the fact that his party has done practically everything it can to ensure that the killers who shot this poor woman had no trouble obtaining the very gun they used to end her life.
I think what really got me the most was the fact that I know Trump couldn’t care less about Nykea Aldridge or what happened to her. To Trump, this was nothing more than him using the death of a celebrity’s cousin in some sick and pathetic attempt to score political points with a voting demographic with which he’s polling at around 2 percent.
To be honest, when I read this tweet, the “point” Trump seemed to be trying to make was: Look! An African-American woman was gunned down in Chicago — so, black people, vote for me!
It’s absolutely sickening.
While I wouldn’t say this is the worst thing Trump has done, it ranks as possibly the most deplorable. It’s one thing to be a blatant bigot, racist, sexist or just a terrible person as Donald Trump has proven himself to be numerous times during his campaign. However, it’s an entirely different thing to eagerly jump to exploit the horrific murder of a young woman simply because you’re desperately trying to pander to African-American voters by treating them like they’re mindless sheep — just like the rest of the idiots who actually think he should be our next president.
I cannot say it enough: I’m absolutely ashamed that someone like Donald Trump has managed to become so politically successful in this country as the rest of the world laughs at us because of it.