Remember Seddique Mateen? He's the father of terrorist Omar Mateen, who pledged allegiance to ISIS and slaughtered 49 members of the LGBT community, injuring more than 50 others, at an Orlando nightclub back in June.
The elder Matteen has a dubious past himself. He is, after all, an open Afghan Taliban supporter who also sought to become president of Afghanistan. Appropriately, he's also a longtime member of the Democratic Party and a Hillary Clinton supporter.
In order to show that support, Seddique Mateen recently turned up at a Hillary rally just a stone's throw away from the site of the Orlando massacre.
Reporters with the local NBC affiliate WPTV were shocked when they saw Mateen sitting directly behind Hillary Clinton at the rally and tried to pin him down for an interview. He refused at first, but they later caught up with him at a random rest area en route to West Palm Beach. A video of the interview with Seddique Mateen can be viewed here and a synopsis of the interview follows below:
"Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions," he said.
We asked what went into his decision to go to the event right near Orlando, where the Pulse Nightclub shooting happened.
"I spoke a lot about that and wish that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better," he said.
When questioned whether Clinton's campaign knew he was going to the event and sitting directly behind the presidential candidate, Mateen said, " It's a Democratic party, so everyone can join."
Finally we asked if he thought some people would be surprised to see him there, especially given the proximity to Orlando.
"Why should they be surprised? I love the United States, and I've been living here a long time," Mateen said.
Mateen said that as a member of the Democratic Party he received an invitation to the Clinton rally and that it was his right to attend.
It is also interesting that Mateen said he wished his son had "joined the Army" and fought ISIS -- as if he was trying to channel Khizr Khan (father of fallen U.S. soldier Humayun Khan) and spin himself into some kind of liberal icon.
Also telling is how the elder Matteen, a Taliban supporter, said he agrees with "everything" Hillary says concerning her policy platforms. Very telling indeed.
While a local NBC affiliate picked up this newsworthy event, it will be unlikely the national mainstream outlets pick up on this story. We know for certain that if the roles were reversed and an unsavory character attended a Trump rally and spoke so openly, the media certainly would.