Orlando gunman’s dad at Clinton rally
THE father of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was spotted at a speech Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton gave to supporters in the swing state.
Seddique Mateen was caught on camera seated in the audience behind Ms Clinton during her campaign appearance on August 8 in Kissimmee, a town 37 kilometres from Orlando.
Mr Mateen’s son, Omar, proclaimed his allegiance to the Islamic State group during the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub, which ended after three hours when police finally stormed the venue and shot him to death.
It was the deadliest mass killing on United States soil since the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Ms Clinton, on a trip through the swing state, opened her speech with a tribute to the 49 people who lost their lives in Orlando.
Mr Mateen, an immigrant from Afghanistan, was asked by a reporter from a local television station about his presence at the rally.
“Why should they be surprised? I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time,” he said.
“Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” he said.
About 3000 people attended the rally. –