The character of the public figures that Hillary attracts are somewhat the same… they’re all involved in some sort of crime. ‘Thugs’ would be putting it lightly.
The father of the Orlando nightclub shooter has been spotted sitting behind Hillary Clinton at her rally in Florida.
Seddique Mateen, whose son Omar killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub on June 12, was seen grinning as he watched the Democratic presidential nominee speak in Kisssimmee.
The former secretary of state started her address to the crowd on Monday by paying tribute to the victims of the horrific terrorist attack that shocked the world just two months ago.
She was speaking at the Osceola Heritage Park – which is just a 30 minute drive from where the worst mass shooting in American history took place.
Mateen, a pro-Taliban political activist, later said he was there because he’s a member of the Democrats and had been ‘invited’.
On Tuesday, a source in the Democratic party told DailyMail.com he wasn’t invited and he was not on any of their email lists.
Mateen blended into the crowd of supporters as they listened to the former first lady talk about jobs and parts of her economic policy.
He stood alongside cheering fans holding signs reading ‘Stronger Together’ while wearing a red Mercedes Benz cap.
At some points he took out his cell phone and took pictures of Hillary while she was on stage.
After the event, Mateen spoke with local TV station WPTV.
He showed the station a sign he had made for Hillary, confirming that he is backing her in November.
He said: ‘Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions.
‘I wished that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better.’
Mateen then claimed he was a member of the Democratic party and had been ‘invited’ to the event.
It is not known whether he had been personally asked to attend, or had received the offer as party of an email chain.
When asked whether Clinton knew he was at the rally, he insisted: ‘It’s a Democratic party, so everyone can join.
Then he was asked if those in the crowd would be surprised if he was there.
He said: ‘Why should they be surprised? I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time.
Earlier in the evening, he said he had been ‘supporting the federal government’ in the wake of the shootings by his son – but he would not elaborate.
The grinning Mateen watched as Clinton began her speech by showing her admiration for the Florida community in the wake of the horrifying mass murder.
‘I just have to tell you how grateful I am for the leadership and the people of Orlando and Central Florida for your love and compassion,’ she told the crowd.
‘And I know how many people, loved ones and friends, are still grieving. And I want them to know that we will be with you.