Don Cheadle Blasts Donald Trump Over Dwyane Wade Comments
Politics| | By Sara Wilkins
Actor Don Cheadle has attacked U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump after he tried to politicize the shooting death of sportsman Dwyane Wade’s cousin in Chicago, Illinois.
On Friday, basketball player Wade revealed his cousin Nykea Aldridge had been fatally wounded while pushing a baby stroller down the street.
In a grief-stricken tweet, the NBA athlete, who is married to actress Gabrielle Union, wrote: “My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence. 4 kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump decided to use the tragedy as an opportunity to call attention to his political campaign, taking to his own Twitter account on Saturday morning to comment on Wade’s post.
“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!”
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) August 27, 2016
In addition to misspelling Wade’s name, Trump neglected to offer his condolences to the Chicago Bulls star and his family, prompting actor Don Cheadle to criticize the billionaire businessman’s actions.
“You are truly a POS (piece of s**t),” the Crash star tweeted, before launching another incendiary diss against the Republican nominee, adding, “Sorry. I misspelled ‘die in a grease fire.'”
Cheadle wasn’t the only celebrity who was incensed by the way Trump handled the tragedy. Actress Holly Robinson Peete was left stunned after reading the 70-year-old’s tweet.
“I am just…I am so offended by this I can barely breathe,” she remarked. “My prayers and condolences go out to the Wade family.”
Former Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams was also left unimpressed with Trump’s statement, noting: “@realDonaldTrump An absolute disgrace.”
It’s the latest scandal to dog Trump’s campaign. Throughout his bid to become the next U.S. president, Trump has divided America with his controversial remarks about immigrants, Muslims, women and his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.