The father of Pulse nightclub killer Omar Mateen was spotted at a Florida Hillary Clinton rally Monday seated prominently behind the candidate.
Local NBC affiliate WPTV happened to recognize Seddique Mateen, who received widespread press for his own controversial views on Islam in the wake of his son’s murder spree. Mateen operates a radio show with a pro-Taliban slant and responded to his son’s massacre by saying, “God will punish homosexuality.”
The seats behind presidential candidates are usually handpicked by staff to serve as the backdrop for their speech when televised or photographed. Presumably no one in the Clinton campaign was aware of who Mateen was, although he demurred about whether the campaign knew when asked by WPTV. “It’s a Democratic Party, so everyone can join,” he argued.
Ironically, Clinton began her speech by giving a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, during which Mateen can be seen looking somewhat nonplussed. When asked how he felt about the part of the speech, Mateen simply said, “We’ve been cooperating with the federal government, and that’s about it.”
Mateen showed for WPTV a sign he held up on Clinton’s behalf at the rally. Among other things, the sign praised Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attacks and her support for gun control.
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