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Clinton disavows support from killer's father

Seddique Mateen, father of the man who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, attended Hillary Clinton's rally in Kissimmee on Monday night.

WPTV West Palm Beach

Seddique Mateen, father of the man who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, attended Hillary Clinton's rally in Kissimmee on Monday night.

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After spending most of Tuesday responding little to questions about why the father of the Orlando night club shooter was at their rally, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign responded more forcefully late Tuesday night rejecting Seddique Mateen's support for her.

"She disagrees with his views and disavows his support," Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement sent to reporters just after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

On Monday night in Kissimmee, Mateen, father of Pulse nightclub killer Omar Mateen, not only attended Clinton's rally there, but had a prime seat just a few feet behind Clinton as she offered her sympathies to families of the 49 people Omar Mateen killed.

After the rally, WPTV, the NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach, asked Mateen why he was at the rally.

"Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions," Mateen told the station. 

Early Tuesday, the Clinton campaign put out a short statement asserting they did not invite Seddique Mateen to the rally but did not respond to additional media questions until the statement sent out after 11 p.m. 

"The rally was a 3,000-person, open-door event for the public," the Clinton campaign said in the earlier statement. "This individual wasn't invited as a guest and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 11:20am]

    

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