The father of the Orlando gunman attended a Hillary Clinton rally Monday in Florida to show his support for the Democratic candidate.
“Hillary Clinton is good for the United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” Seddique Mateen told WPTV. He could clearly be seen standing behind Clinton as she addressed the audience.
His son, Omar Mateen, opened fire in June at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, killing 49 people in the worst incident of domestic terrorism since 9/11.
Seddique Mateen, who says he is 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. Mateen told the reporter that he wants the U.S. to be a safer place.
“The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public,” a Clinton aide said. “This individual wasn’t invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event.”
At the rally, Clinton said she knows many family members and friends are still grieving for the victims and promised to be there for them as they rebuild their lives.
At the time of the Orlando shooting, she called for stricter gun control and more efforts to root out terrorism in the Middle East and at home.
Republican candidate Trump, on the other hand, dismissed calls for new gun laws and warned that there were “thousands of people” in the United States with “hate in their heart.” He also complained that Muslims in the U.S. are not reporting “mad men” to the police or FBI.