The father of the Orlando nightclub shooter was 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 senior official in the Democratic party told DailyMail.com he wasn’t invited and he was not on any of their email lists.
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.
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