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“I know how many people, loved ones and friends, are still grieving. And I want them to know that we will be with you. We will be with you as you rebuild your lives, as you rebuild hope for the future, because we can’t ever let that kind of hatred and violence break the spirit, break the soul, of any place in America.”
As the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton offered these words of comfort to the victims of the horrific Orlando shooting, at a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida, the TV camera’s picked a up a strange sight.
Sitting in the audience in a prominent spot, right behind Clinton, was none other than the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter—Seddique Mateen. Not only did Mateen enthusiastically attend the rally, it also turns out that he’s an ardent supporter of Clinton as well. In an interview with WPTV, Mateen revealed that he finds himself particularly drawn towards Clinton’s stance on national security and gun control.
Here’s him displaying a banner in support of Clinton, during the interview.
The Democratic campaign, apparently, didn’t even know about his presence at the rally. “The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public,” according to a Clinton campaign statement. “This individual wasn’t invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event.”
However, popular conservative radio presenter Rush Limbaugh has an answer. In his show, he wondered aloud that it seemed like a step to embroil Trump further into a controversy by coaxing a statement out of him. Limbaugh said, “I think it’s another setup. I think it’s a trap. I think putting this guy’s dad there and having everybody… When the Drive-By Media starts talking about this, they are trying to once again sucker Trump into making some kind of comment that’s gonna occupy the news for a week.”