After a “series of setbacks,” former President George H. W. Bush continues to battle illness, now in a Houston hospital’s Intensive Care Unit. Doctors are “cautiously optimistic” but the 88-year-old’s worsening condition has many worried that his days may be numbered… that is, except for the cold & barbarous trolls on Twitter who seem to be praying for the former president’s death.

The disgusting and disturbing comments caught Twitchy’s attention:

Thoughts and prayers flooded Twitter Wednesday as news of Bush’s illness spread. But the stomach-turning death wishes and plans for ghoulish celebrations weren’t far behind. Here are just some of the repulsive haters salivating over the possibility that Bush won’t recover.

Here are a few of the more gracious posts Twitchy has collected (note the 2nd tweeter’s regard for peace symbols):

Die painfully: Haters on Twitter respond to Bush health news with scorn

 Click here to see more, but be warned — naughty language and a general disregard of morality awaits you.