Donald Trump has urged terminally ill people to stay alive long enough to vote for him in the US presidential election next month. Speaking at a rally in Nevada on Wednesday, the Republican nominee said: “I don’t care how sick you are. I don’t care if you just came back from the doctor and he gave you the worst possible prognosis, meaning it’s over. Doesn’t matter. Hang out till November 8. Get out and vote.“
Mr. Trump added: “I say kiddingly, but I mean it.” He also reassured dying people that after they are gone, “All we’re going to say is: ‘We love you and we will remember you always’”.
Mr. Trump’s lack of tact appears to have already damaged his chances of becoming US leader. In addition to having made controversial and offensive statements frequently throughout his campaign and having alienated swathes of voters as a result, he floundered in his first debate with his opponent Hillary Clinton on 26 September, reversing gradual gains he had been making on her in the polls. Read more