El Trumpo took the occasion of a horrible tragedy to shout, “I WAS RIGHT!!!” at the African American community, which is about as good as his African-American outreach is going to get.
Here it is, “How to win the Black Vote,” a one-tweet course from Trump University:
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
And this was the second time he posted it – he had actually spelt the guy’s name wrong the first time.
Probably condolences would have been better:
Wade’s cousin was shot and killed in Chicago while pushing her baby in a stroller in what Wade called “another act of senseless gun violence” on Friday. While walking near a school a mile and a half from the University of Chicago, two males fired shots at a third male and hit 32-year-old Nykea Aldridge in the head and arm, according to police. Her baby wasn’t hurt.
All all caps triumphant self-congratulatory tweet isn’t terribly good PR, but it follows in the pattern we see from Trump’s marketing – he regularly regurgitates the talking points from the echo chamber right-wing blogs and social media. It’s persuasive to right-wingers to spout death stats from Chicago to prove Democrat policies are failing, but the tone shouldn’t be one of triumphalism.
Unless you just want to anger African-Americans, like these people:
Dwayne Wade just lost his cousin…No condolences from Trump as he makes the loss a political ploy for himself. https://t.co/6F5o5gLDiB
— Kelsey Nicole Nelson (@therealknelson) August 27, 2016
Trump is using the death of D wade's cousin to push his own political agenda. How disgusting and inconsiderate can one person be
— haq haq haq u dunno (@bukkyismyname) August 27, 2016
Look, I’m not saying he’s racist. I’m saying he’s putting enough out there to make himself open to the accusation. When a black person is killed in Chicago he screams, “I TOLD YOU SO!!” but he gives condolences for Kate Steinle’s family:
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Kathryn Steinle. Very, very sad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
It’s really a weird aggressive “in your face” African-American outreach. Does anyone actually think this is effective?