Seddique Mateen was at a Hillary Clinton rally, why and who is responsible for that mistake? This election season has been very eventful to say least.
On Tuesday, while Donald Trump was making blood boil with his Second Amendment comment, Clinton was busy having to manage a scandal of her own.
The former Secretary of State held a campaign rally in Kissimmee, Florida just miles from Pulse, the gay nightclub where 49 innocent people perished in a terrorist attack.
Omar Mateen used a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol to perpetrate the deadliest terrorist attack in America since September 11, 2001.
Mrs. Clinton opened the event by thanking the police officers, first-aid responders, who rushed to help the many victims. She said:
“I know how much people, family members, loved ones and friends are still grieving and I want them to know that we will be with you, as you rebuild your lives, as you rebuild hope for the future because we can’t ever let that kind of hatred and violence break the spirit, break the soul of any place in America!”
While Clinton was talking, many reporters were quick to put the focus on Mr. Mateen, the father of the mass murderer, who was sitting right behind her with a bright red cap on and cheering the candidate for president. The questions that were raised by most people went like this: Why was Seddique Mateen there, and how on earth did he get there?
While Mateen has never been arrested or charged with any crime, he holds some very controversial views and has made some disturbing comments in the past. In an old Facebook video, he stated:
“God will punish those involved in homosexuality, it’s not an issue that humans should deal with.”
Seddique Mateen, who has a YouTube channel, often appears in military uniform and talks about being the leader of a “transitional revolutionary government” of Afghanistan and believes his own intelligence agency will take control of the country. A Clinton campaign official issued a brief statement saying that they were not aware that Mateen was present at the event. The statement read:
“The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public. This individual wasn’t invited as a guest, and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event.”
On Clinton’s campaign website, it is stated:
“The only information requested to the RSVP for the Kissimmee rally was a first and last name, email address, phone number and ZIP code. An RSVP was not required for the event.”
After the rally had ended, Seddique Mateen spoke to local media where he flashed a huge Clinton banner and explained why he came to the event. He said:
“Why should they be surprised? I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time. Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions.”
Mateen told reporters that he wished his son had joined the U.S. Army and fought against ISIS instead of taking the lives of 49 Americans.