Nykea Aldridge, a first cousin to the Bulls’ Dwyane Wade, was one of so many victims of violence in Chicago when she was shot and killed on Aug. 26 while pushing a stroller down the street. She was an innocent caught in the crossfire.
Not long after the news broke, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Tweeted this (for the record, this is a corrected Tweet, the first misspelled Wade’s name).
While Trump later Tweeted his condolences to the family on the loss, it was the above tweet that became a firestorm. It was taken by many as a politician trying to capitalize on a tragedy.
In an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, Wade said he felt “conflicted” by Trump’s tweet.
“I was grateful that it started a conversation but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with and it looks like it’s being used as political gain,” Wade said.
It was for political gain. Welcome to election season, where nothing is off limits.
Check out the full interview with Wade, discussing both the tweet and gun violence in Chicago, on Good Morning America on Friday.