One of the stranger moments in the presidential campaign occurred Tuesday evening in Kissimmee, Florida, when Hillary Clinton spoke sadly about the victims of the Orlando shootingwhile Seddique Mateen, the father of the killer, stood in the audience, cheering her on.
The Democratic rally was held just 20 miles from the pulse club in Orlando where Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Afghan-American security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others two months ago in what President Barack Obama labeled a hate-attack. Clinton’s speech opened with a tribute to the victims of the tragedy, while Mateen sat just a few yards away in a red baseball hat.
WOW: Openly pro-Taliban father of Orlando Shooter, Seddique Mateen, was front and center at Hillary’s rally.https://t.co/xciidOoUyx
— Watch Clinton Cash (@JaredWyand) August 9, 2016
Mateen was first recognized by West Palm Beach TV (WPTV) reporter Tory Dunnan. Mateen refused to speak to the reporter at first, but soon after, he was spotted outside the venue holding a pro-Clinton sign and asking to talk to press.
“Clinton is good for the United States, versus Donald Trump,” Mateen told WPTV Channel 5 in broken English. “I was invited by the Democratic Party; I’m a member.”