The Hillary Clinton campaign went on defense Tuesday, attempting to downplay the presence of the father of Omar Mateen, the assailant in the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in June, at a campaign rally held in Kissimmee, Fla.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida on August 8.
The Trump campaign did not immediately comment. He added that people should not be surprised that he attended the rally.
After the rally, Seddique Mateen, who wore a red cap to the event, told NBC West Palm Beach affiliate WPTV that he supports Clinton. "And Omar Mateen's father was essentially sitting behind her". At one point, Seddique was photographed holding a blue "stronger together" sign and making a thumbs down gesture.
[We] asked Mateen what he was thinking about when Clinton spoke about the Orlando incident.
"When you get those seats, you sort of know the campaign".
Finally we asked if he thought some people would be surprised to see him there, especially given the proximity to Orlando.
The presence of Seddique Mateen - whose controversial views on Afghan politics and homosexuality were made public in the aftermath of the June massacre at Pulse nightclub - and his proximity to a presidential candidate, raised eyebrows. "I love United States, and I've been living here for long time", he said. Anything having to do with Hillary Clinton.
"Well, that's right. And this is something that she has been talking about, and on the day the shooting happened, she was obviously very quick to respond to talk about the need for tighter gun controls, to try to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them", Welker said.
Omar Mateen was killed in a stand-off with the police.
An official from the Clinton campaign said they were not aware that Mateen was at the event - which was open to the public - until after it occurred.
Reporters from several outlets, including CBS News, spotted Foley during Trump's speech. What attracts a terrorist, which is what he is, this guy was on radio saying bad anti- American things, supports the Taliban, this is a guy who said God should punish homosexuals.
The FBI investigated Mateen twice between 2013 and 2014, but both cases were closed without the agency taking action.
"He had a lot of love and care, and I couldn't believe that this is what he was doing". "I'm saddened for their injury or if they lost their dear one".
"He was just a regular person going to work and coming back and taking care of his wife and his kids".