Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton held a campaign rally on Monday in Kissimmee, Florida, a town just 30 minutes south of Orlando, Florida. She spoke to the crowd about the victims of the massacre at the Pulse nightclub.
“I know how many people, families, loved ones, and friends are still grieving, and we will be with you as you rebuild your lives,” she said.
Television station WPTV noticed that seated prominently behind Clinton was Seddique Mateen, the father of Orlando massacre murderer Omar Mateen.
The station interviewed Mateen at the rally and asked him his opinion on Clinton’s remarks on the shooting.
“We’ve been cooperating with the federal government, and that’s about it,” he said. “Thank you.”
But later the station bumped into Mateen and he wanted to talk and show off a sign he had made to support Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” he said.
“I spoke a lot about that and wish that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better,” he said.
He was asked if the campaign knew Mateen would be at the event and seated behind Clinton. He responded, “It’s a Democratic party, so everyone can join.”
The campaign did not respond to WPTV’s question as to whether the campaign knew Mateen would be at the rally.
Mateen was also asked if he thought his appearance would surprise some people.
“Why should they be surprised? I love the United States, and I’ve been living here a long time,” Mateen said.