Donald Trump is drawing attention to the death of a professional basketball player's cousin to make the argument for why he thinks African-Americans will vote for him in November.
Chicago Bulls basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin, Nykea Aldridge, was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday afternoon while pushing a stroller in the Parkway Gardens neighborhood. Trump commented on her death on Twitter.
"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!" Trump tweeted.
The tweet caused major backlash on Twitter, with many deriding Trump for capitalizing on a person's death. Trump later issued a tweet offering condolences to Wade and his family.
I've lived 40 years as a black man in America, @realDonaldTrump. Seen many politicians exploit us. Never seen someone do it this crudely.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 27, 2016
Polling suggests African Americans intend to vote for someone other than Trump in large numbers. Approximately 2 percent of black voters nationwide support Trump, according to FiveThirtyEight's average of polls compiled earlier this month.
Trump, however, has continued his outreach to the African-American community and boasted that, "At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote."
Seventy-two days remain until Election Day.