The list of people GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t insulted keeps getting shorter and shorter. We know he regularly insults women and Muslims and Latinos and immigrants and African-Americans. Earlier in the week, he insulted veterans. He’s mocked the disabled, and his latest tactless comment was directed toward literally on their death beds.
In a rally in Nevada on Wednesday, Trump begged those who were dying to vote for him. Yes, those who were dying.
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. You won’t be around in two weeks. Doesn’t matter. Hang out till November 8. Get out and vote.“
Then, Trump said he was kidding/not kidding.
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’”.
Here’s the video:
People are not happy:
One terminally ill person did respond, and it wasn’t to support Trump:
This one pretty much gets to the heart of it (or the lack of heart of Trump):
As deeply offensive as this is, especially for anyone who either is sick or those who take care of the sick, there is a bit of refreshing honesty in Trump’s joke/not joke. “I don’t care” is perhaps the most truthful line he’s uttered during his campaign full of lies. He genuinely doesn’t care if people are sick. He doesn’t care if people are suffering. He doesn’t care if people are poor. He doesn’t care about people at all.
Donald Trump has a compulsive need for constant validation. He received fawning validation on the Apprentice. Now, he’s taken his show to the American public and he expects the same from us. It’s easy to imagine that Trump loves the idea of people dragging themselves from their death beds to do one last thing: pull the lever for Donald Trump. What greater ego validation is there?
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