Democrats Silent on Appearance of Orlando Gunman's Father at Clinton Rally


WPTV then asked Mateen if the Clinton campaign knew he was attending the rally, to which he responded: "It's a Democratic Party, so everyone can join".

"I love the United States, and I've been living here a long time".

"This individual wasn't invited as a guest, and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event", the Clinton campaign said in an email sent to reporters.

Many criticised the decision to allow Seddique Mateen, however Mrs Clinton's campaign team claim he was not invited to the event. A low-level staffer grabbed Mateen from the crowd and put him in that position without realizing that Mateen was the father of the Pulse shooter, positioning him as part of what "a longtime Republican presidential campaign advance staffer described as a "tapestry" - an area where a diverse group would be seated to reflect wide-ranging support for the candidate".

Seddique Mateen, who said he was a Democrat, showed WPTV a sign he had made in support of Clinton, highlighting that he believes she is good for national security and citing gun control laws.

A Secret Service agent moves pedestrians back on a sidewalk as they try to view US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Davie, Florida, US, August 9, 2016.

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At approximately 2 a.m. on June 11, Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse nightclub in a three-hour siege that left 49 attendees dead and 53 wounded in the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

In another YouTube video, Seddique Mateen reportedly expresses his support of the Afghan Taliban, while denouncing the Pakistani government, and in response to Omar's attack on the Pulse nightclub, Seddique says that it had nothing to do with religion. "When you get those seats, you sort of know the campaign". As Trump upbraided Clinton for having Mateen in the stands behind her, Foley smiled, applauded and even waved at Trump.

Clinton's campaign denied knowing Mateen was going to be at the rally.

Mateen told news outlets after the rally that he loves "the United States".

Omar Mateen was killed in a stand-off with the police.

In that same Facebook post on June 13, Seddique Mateen apologized for his son's actions.