Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has asked terminally ill people in the country to stay alive long enough to cast a vote for him in November election.
Addressing a rally in Reno, Nevada, Trump told terminally ill voters to “hang out till November” to help him defeat his rival Hillary Clinton.
The presidential hopeful 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.”
“And then, all we’re going to say is: ‘We love you and we will remember you always’,” he continued.
Infamous for controversial and offensive statements throughout the campaign, Trump clarified his statement, saying “I say kiddingly, but I mean it.”
According to media reports, the gap in the polls between Trump and Clinton has increased in the last weeks as Trump was widely criticised for his offensive statements.
A recent Ispos-Reuters poll reportedly Clinton six per cent ahead of Trump, one point higher than a CNN-ORC survey released on Tuesday.
Trump was in defence mode last week as a report published in The New York Times revealed that hemay have escaped from paying federal income tax legally in the US for up to 18 years after claiming a huge loss in his tax returns.
Responding to the allegations, Trump agreed that he “brilliantly used” U.S. tax rules to pay less federal income tax. While replying to Clinton’s comment on tax returns, he added: “I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer’s wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted.”
Commenting on Trumps last week performance, Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook told reporters that he expects Trump to not use “the kind of personal and harsh attacks that he has been threatening” on Sunday for the second presidential debate.