Dwyane Wade is opening up about Donald Trump’s tweet for the passing of his cousin, Nykea Aldridge.
On Friday, Wade gave his first interview since the passing of his cousin, where he said Trump’s tweet left him feeling “kind of conflicted.”
“You know, it’s like, on one hand, your cousin’s death is used as a ploy for political gain,” the NBA star told George Stephanopoulos for Good Morning America, according to Politico.
However, Wade also said he was “grateful” for the tweet, because “it started a conversation,” but he did say it left a “bad taste in my mouth, because of you know, what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with, and it looks like it’s being used as a political gain.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 2, 2016
Aldridge was fatally shot last week while walking with her baby in Chicago. She had gotten caught in the crossfires of a shooting started by two gang-affiliated brothers, who have since been arrested. Shortly after the news of Aldridge’s death broke, Trump took to Twitter to make the issue all about himself. “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!”
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
While Aldridge’s death did create a conversation about guns across the nation, he is right that Trump used the incident for political gain. Trump could have simply expressed his condolences, rather than use her death to try and gain some more support. Unfortunately, Trump probably sees nothing wrong with his tweet and will continue to send out insensitive messages throughout the rest of the campaign.