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Father of Orlando shooter sighted at Hillary Clinton event

Father of Orlando shooter sighted at Hillary Clinton event

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday said Hillary Clinton's "soft stance on Islamic terrorism" is why the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter was at her Florida rally.

When asked about his attendance, Mateen told WPTV: "Clinton is good for the United States, versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions".

Her campaign earlier in the day sought to play down the support from Seddique Mateen, whose son was responsible for the Pulse nightclub massacre in June that killed 49. He was killed by law enforcement officers following a three-hour standoff. A viral video that has been shared on YouTube captured Omar Mateen's father sitting in a crowd of at least 3,000 Hillary Clinton supporters at the rally in Kissimmee on Monday evening.

Clinton, on a trip through the crucial swing state, opened her speech with a tribute to the 49 people who lost their lives in Orlando.

When the Clinton camp was made aware of his presence, they released a statement that denied that they invited Mateen to the event.

Here's one endorsement you likely won't see during Hillary Clinton's campaign ads.




Throughout her remarks, Seddique Mateen was visible behind Clinton in a bank of seats behind the candidate.

"The first thing I want to say is that club should have had good security", the Afghani immigrant told Sky News. "I love the United States, and I've been living here a long time", he said.

NBC affiliate WPTV caught up with Mateen in the parking lot following the rally to find out why he was at the event, and what he thought about Clinton's comments.

You know, for once we don't doubt that Clinton's campaign is telling the truth ... but imagine for a moment that a character like this showed up at a Donald Trump rally?

"We've been cooperating with the federal government, and that's about it", he said. The elder Mateen has previously expressed support for the Taliban.

The article affirmatively asserted that Mateen's presence was due to the fact that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Florida had invited him to attend the event but did not document that such an invitation had been extended to him.

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