The father of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooter showed up at a Florida campaign rally for Hillary Clinton in Kissimmee, found a seat right behind the Democratic nominee for president, and listened for 25 minutes as she “remembered the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting and laid out her policies,” according to a report published in the online Stars and Stripes.
Clinton started her address to the rally crowd by mentioning “those affected by the Pulse Nightclub shooting,” according to the article by Tory Dunnan, who mentioned in the writing of this story over at WPTV online, that Mateen was easily recognized. A report on the matter over at Fox News reveals that Mateen carried and held up “a large, yellow pro-Clinton banner.”
Dunnan quotes Mateen’s answer to questions about his support for, and presence at, the Clinton event.
“Clinton is good for the United States, versus Donald Trump. I was invited by the Democratic Party; I’m a member.”
Except now, according to writer Charlie Spiering over at Breitbart and the Stars and Stripes re-post of an original story by writers David Weigel and Abby Phillip of the Washington Post, an anonymous Clinton campaign official stated that this was an “open-door event” and Mateen was not invited as a guest to the rally.
“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.”
Spiering questions the obvious, and offers one explanation in his story. “It is unclear how or why Mateen made his way onto the stage behind Clinton, although traditional staffers select diverse supporters to serve as a backdrop.”
The Orlando Shooting
The recent release of autopsy reports from the Orange County Medical Examiner’s office recounted the June massacre. A story by David Harris of the Orlando Sentinel on Monday captured the “graphic nature” and details of Omar Mateen’s rampage on the shooting victims at the Pulse Nightclub.
Medical examiners did speak with family of the shooting victims, according to the story. County spokeswoman Carrie Proudfit is quoted in the Sentinel story.
“The response from families varied greatly. Some really need to know any level of detail that they could possibly know from these reports, and some really don’t want to know anything.”
Regarding the death of the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen who was in a shootout with police, the autopsy on him reveals he was shot eight times, per Harris’ report.
Seeing the Orlando shooter’s dad at the rally startled many people. Of course there was much grief for everyone at the time of the shooting, and everyone grieves differently. Still, Seddique Mateen did seem to have secured a really good seat at the Clinton rally, despite security, who must have been there as well guarding Clinton. Last June, Ron Hopper, describing himself as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Tampa Field Office overseeing the city of Orlando to media, had asked the public’s help in the shooting, so it is strange to consider the shooter’s dad actually at the rally.
“We continue to seek and follow all leads about the activities and associates of the shooter, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen. We need your help, though, in developing the most complete picture of what the shooter did and why he did it,” Special Agent Hopper added after the shooting in Orlando. “The FBI has placed a Seeking Information poster on our website at FBI.gov that includes photos and additional information about the shooter. We want to hear from any member of the public who has any information about him, regardless of how small you may think it is, to contact the FBI by calling 1-800-CALL-FBI or by submitting a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.”
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