‘Conflicted’ Dwyane Wade weighs in on Trump’s tweet about cousin
Dwyane Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge is among the staggering amount of Chicagoans who have been killed this year by gun violence. Aldridge was killed on Aug. 26 when she got caught in crossfire while pushing her child in a stroller.
Not only is the new Chicago Bulls star mourning the death of his relative, he is now dealing with the fallout of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump commenting on Aldridge’s murder.
Trump originally misspelled Wade’s first name in an initial tweet, but here’s what he had to say about the incident in a subsequent post.
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
Wade not surprisingly was asked about Trump using his cousin’s death for political purposes. It’s clear he doesn’t quite know exactly how to react, as he explained in an interview ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos.
“I was kind of conflicted,” Wade told Stephanopoulos. “You know, it’s like, on one hand, your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain. On the other hand, it’s a national story. It goes back to that for me. I want eyes on this city. I want us to be able to do more together. And the only way we can do more together is if more people know what’s going on.
“On the one hand 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,” Wade said. “And it looks like it’s being used as a political gain.”
Wade obviously understands how his celebrity has helped highlight his cousin’s senseless murder. But that doesn’t mean he’s comfortable with Aldridge — and by proxy, Wade himself — being used in what arguably can be labeled political opportunism.
Nor should he.