Donald Trump Urges Terminally Ill To Hang On So They Can Vote For Him

Republican candidate Donald Trump
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Henderson Pavilion, Henderson, Nevada, October 5. Trump is campaigning ahead of the second presidential debate on October 9. Ethan Miller/Getty

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called on the terminally ill Wednesday to "hang out till November" so they can vote for him in the election against his rival Hillary Clinton.

The construction magnate was speaking at a rally in Nevada on the campaign trail ahead of the vote, billed as one of the most important in U.S. history.

"I don't care how sick you are," the Republican nominee said. "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."

He continued: "And then, all we're gonna say is, 'We love you and we will remember you always.' Get out and vote."

Trump has made a series of controversial statements on the campaign trail about women, Mexicans, calling them "rapists," and Muslims, pledging a complete ban on their entering the country. He is now coming under fire for reportedly not paying federal income tax for up to 18 years, something he has said made him a "genius."

Trump, after narrowing the gap in the polls with Clinton, is now seeing the distance between them widen after the first debate in which he was criticized for talking over his counterpart and making a series of erroneous statements.

He is now falling behind in the key states of Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina. The second debate with Clinton is to be held Sunday in St. Louis.