The father of Omar Mateen, the mass shooter who killed 50 people in an Orlando nightclub, hosted a bizarre YouTube talk show. The Associated Press reported that a former Afghan officer said that the show was filled with “anti-US tirades.” In one episode, he even professes to hold allegiance to the Taliban.
Seddique Mateen posted dozens of episodes of the show, which was called “The Durand Jirga Show.” Most of the videos have less than 200 views. The shows are obviously very low budget. Mateen speaks mostly in the Dari language. Bizarrely, in one of the episodes, he announces his candidacy for the presidency of Afghanistan (a year after the elections had already occurred).
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up.Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon,” the father said in one of the videos, according to a Washington Post translation. Even stranger, hours before his son opened fire, Seddique Mateen posted a video on his Facebook page which is called the Provisional Government of Afghanistan.
The videos seem to take a different tone from the statement he released following the mass shooting on Sunday. “We are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he was taking. We are in shock, like the whole country,” he reportedly said.
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