Trump Cites Shooting of Dwyane Wade’s Cousin in Appeal to Black Americans

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Des Moines, IA

DES MOINES, Iowa — Donald Trump commented on the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin, who was recently shot and killed, during his speech to roughly two-thousand supporters at Sen. Joni Ernst’s second annual Roast and Ride on Saturday.

“More than 6,000 African-Americans are the victims of murder every year,” the Republican nominee stated. “Just yesterday, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade was the victim of a tragic shooting in Chicago. She was the mother of four, and was killed while pushing her infant child in a stroller.”

“It breaks our hearts,” he added. “This shouldn’t happen in America. We send our thoughts and our prayers to the family, and we also promise to fight for a better tomorrow.”

The New Yorker noted that more than 2,700 people have been shot in Chicago this year. “We cannot, as a society, tolerate this level of violence and suffering in our own cities,” he declared. “Those who would deny that this is a national crisis – a crisis requiring urgent action – have no business running for elected office.”

Trump also spoke about the poverty and unemployment facing Black Americans.

He blamed “failed Democratic policies” — which he says are “the policies of Hillary Clinton” — for creating this poverty and crime.