Much has been written about Donald Trump's self-aggrandizing egoism, but perhaps nothing more perfectly exemplifies his bottomless hubris than "jokingly" telling people with terminal illnesses that they need to survive just long enough to vote for him.

Campaigning in Nevada, Donald Trump told his crowd, to roaring laughter, that he “doesn’t care how sick” someone is; they need to cling to life long enough to get to the polls on Election Day to cast a vote for him.

“I don’t care how sick you are,” he says. “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 ’til November 8th. 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!”

He reportedly prefaced his comments with: “I say kiddingly, but I mean it.”

Beneath contempt.