Hillary Clinton’s rally in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8 began with a touching tribute to the victims of the Pulse massacre, and there was one attendee who caught everyone’s attention: Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen! Needless to say, the reaction was not good.
Is Seddique Mateen “With Her”? The father of gunman Omar Mateen, who massacred 49 individuals at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, was spotted sitting right behind Hillary Clinton as she spoke about gun control. Local NBC affiliate WPTV first pointed out the man with a mustache and a red hat listening intently to Hillary’s speech, and tribute to the fallen victims of the worst terrorist attack on American soil since September 11th — a massacre carried out by his own son.
So why would Seddique be at Hillary’s rally, especially one that’s located so close to Orlando? WPTV cornered him outside the rally and asked him; he’s a democrat, and believes that Hillary would be better for the country than Republican nominee Donald Trump. “Why should they be surprised (that I was at the rally)? I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time,” Seddique told the news station. “It’s a Democratic party, so everyone can join.”
Twitter was on fire when word got out that Seddique attended the event, some enraged with the belief that Hillary had actually invited him to the rally. These individuals believed that she wanted to get his support to show that she had changed his mind about gun control! But according to the Clinton campaign, that definitely wasn’t the case! “”This rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public. This individual wasn’t invited as a guest,” the Clinton campaign said in a statement. “and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event.”
— Amazing Adornments (@amadorn) August 9, 2016
If you don't think Omar Mateen's father endorsing Hillary is bad, imagine if Dylan Roof's father came out and endorsed Trump
— Kenny Hansen (@Ken_Sen) August 9, 2016
Orlando Terrorist Dad Seddique Mateen cheers Hillary at Rally in FL. Says God will Punish Gays, supports the Taliban pic.twitter.com/JywKIGJuwL
— Captain Ron (@papaneeed1) August 9, 2016
omar mateen's dad (father of orlando night club massacre shooter) endorses hillary. will she disavow???
— greekyogurtpapi (@trillasfuq) August 9, 2016
@cspanwj I wonder what the LGBT community thinks of Hillary Clinton seating Omar Mateen's father prominently behind her at a Kissimmee rally
— James Ard (@JamesinSELA) August 9, 2016
Omar Mateen's dad smiling, laughing at Hillary rally
— nope (@dragoon215) August 9, 2016
Even more so, people tweeted that Seddique’s endorsement of Clinton was a major blow to her chances for the presidency. And they may not be wrong. Following the Pulse nightmare, he said some truly disgusting things regarding the LGBT community and his son’s behavior. She does not want to be associated with this man. However, this is the United States, and a person is allowed to vote for whomever they choose; she can’t stop him.
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked that Omar Mateen’s dad was at Hillary’s Florida rally? Tell us in the comments.