Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said in Nevada on Oct. 5 that terminally ill people should keep living until Nov. 8 so that they can vote for him (video below).
Trump told his audience:
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. And then, all we’re gonna say is, "We love you and we will remember you always." Get out and vote.
According to Newsweek, Trump has fallen behind Democratic presidential nominee Clinton in the polls in Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina since their first debate; their second debate will be on Oct. 9.
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Trump's running mate, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, was asked by CNN host Chris Cuomo on Oct. 6 about Trump's ban on Muslims and attacks on an Indiana judge whose parents were from Mexico, reports The Hill:
We both know that where he started was saying there is a problem with Islam, that Muslims should be kept out of the country. You condemned those comments, and you did so strongly as the governor of Indiana when you were backing Ted Cruz. You said we can’t say that. When he said what he said about Judge Curiel, not making it about the case but about his ethnicity, you condemned those comments. Why do you not condemn them now?
"Because it's not Donald Trump's position now," Pence replied. "Look, you’ve known him for a long time, Chris, I haven’t known him that long at all."
The Trump campaign did not issue a statement to back up Pence on Oct. 6, but Pence made a similar statement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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Salon notes that Trump called for a ban on all Muslims on Dec. 7, 2015; stood by the ban during the GOP debate on Jan. 14, 2016; told Fox News radio on May 11, 2016, that the Muslim ban was "temporary" and a "suggestion"; said during a speech on June 13 that the Muslim ban was temporary but would "suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we understand how to end these threats"; tweeted on June 25 that the U.S. "must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place."
According to Salon, Pence told "60 Minutes" on July 17 that he agreed with Trump's temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Pence was asked about his Dec. 8, 2015 tweet: "Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional," but denied that he (Pence) was changing his stance.
Salon reports that Trump was asked on "Meet the Press" on July 24 if he was backing off his Muslim ban, and replied: "I actually don’t think it’s a pullback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion." Trump reportedly said there should be an "extreme vetting" of immigrants on Aug. 15.