At a campaign rally in central Florida Monday night, Hillary Clinton was not the only celebrity in attendance.
A surprising - and perhaps not entirely welcome – supporter at the event stole some of the spotlight from the former Secretary of State when a local news team discovered that Seddique Mateen, father of the Orlando terrorist, was present at the event – and sitting directly behind Mrs. Clinton.
The elder Mateen gained a degree of fame – or infamy – after his son opened fire on patrons at a nightclub in Orlando which caters largely to gays and lesbians.
In June, the shooter, Omar Mateen, killed 49 patrons and wounded 53 more, all while condemning the United States for its military actions in the Middle East. Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the ISIS terror group, and was later shot dead by local police following an hours-long standoff.
A self-declared candidate for the Afghan presidency with ties to radical Islamist groups, Seddique Mateen denied his son’s actions were related to his Islamic faith.
Mr. Mateen again drew national attention when he was spotted Monday night at a Clinton rally in Kissimmee, just outside of Orlando.
Filmed sitting in the audience just behind the Democratic nominee, Mr. Mateen was later seen outside of the event, carrying a sign endorsing Mrs. Clinton.
-Makes the biggest investment since WWII.
-Good for National Security.
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-Gun Control Laws.”
Speaking with WPTV, Mateen added that "Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions."
When asked why he decided to attend the event, Mateen replied “It’s a Democratic party so everybody can enjoy”.
“Why should they be surprised, I love the United States.”