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Trump’s Big Second Amendment Comment

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:58 pm

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google it. I’m not wasting my time explaining it.

Dumbest nontroversy ever.

Hillary Clinton Ignores Reporter’s Question About Gay-Hating, Taliban-Praising Supporter Being At Her Rally

Filed under: General — Dana @ 5:31 pm

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In a follow-up to this morning’s post about father of the Orlando shooter attending Hillary Clinton’s rally in Kissimmee, Florida yesterday, and his priority seating, the woman who is seeking the presidency was asked by a reporter about Seddique Mateen’s presence:

“Secretary Clinton, should your campaign have known that Omar Mateen’s father was at your campaign rally yesterday?”

Clinton pointedly ignored the reporter, and made her getaway exit.

Mateen is a huge Clinton supporter:


I can’t find any public comment from Trump about Mateen’s appearance at the rally. And while one might see this see this incident as another golden opportunity handed the GOP nominee to use against Clinton, given that it’s Trump we’re talking about, maybe it’s better he just remain silent.

Also, while Clinton’s campaign claims they didn’t invite Mateen and didn’t know he was there , the possibility remains that it was a set-up:

My take on this is somebody had better get to Trump and tell him not to talk about this. I think it’s another setup. I think it’s a trap. I think putting this guy’s dad there and having everybody… When the Drive-By Media starts talking about this, they are trying to once again sucker Trump into making some kind of comment that’s gonna occupy the news for a week. Why in the world would Hillary Clinton want this guy’s dad’s support?

The story is that she didn’t know and that some staffer screwed up. It had to be that some staffer who put the event together and really screwed up. Yeah, well, who told the media he was there? Everything I’ve gathered is it was a local Florida TV station that noticed it first and ran around and started asking people, but how in the world does that happen? “Are you saying, Rush, you don’t think that they should try to make political hay out?” Well, you can go ahead and try, but you better… Okay, so the guy’s father is sitting behind Hillary.

So the guy who blew up the Pulse nightclub is a big Democrat supporter, loves Hillary Clinton. Fine. Say that. But I just… Given what happened with the Khans and knowing full-well how the Democrat Party operates here, this thing reeks of a potential… I’m not saying that it is, but I’m saying it reeks of bait that once again the Democrats or somebody is hoping that Trump will use this or see this and make some flippant, offhand comment that can be portrayed as bashing or insulting to Muslims.

I can’t imagine Hillary Clinton wants this story out in Florida for the LGBTQ to see, absent a Trump comment about it that she could bash…

On a side note, I can’t find any demands by the MSM for Clinton to denounce Siddiqui Mateen. Shocking, I know.


Father of Orlando Shooter Prominently Seated at Hillary Rally

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:31 am

What. The. F[vowel deleted]ck.

The father of radicalized Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen is supporting Hillary Clinton for president and attended a rally for the candidate Monday, standing near the stage as she addressed the crowd.

Seddique Mateen, a native of Afghanistan, appeared in several TV shots behind Mrs. Clinton as she spoke in Kissimmee, Florida.

“Hillary Clinton is good for United States versus Donald Trump, who has no solutions,” he told WPTV later in an interview.

His son, who was radicalized by the Islamic State, killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando in June.

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Asked whether Mrs. Clinton’s campaign knew he attended the event and sat directly behind the candidate, Mr. Mateen said, “It’s a Democratic party, so everyone can join.”

Trump bans Washington Post reporters from his rallies. You’d think Hillary Clinton could bar the parents of mass murderers. Especially when they’re the sort who implausibly try to deny the radical ideology that was obviously behind their son’s actions.

It’s hard not to believe she had him there deliberately — watching as she prattled on about the loved ones of those murdered in Orlando. (Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.) “And I know how many people, family members, loved ones, and friends, are still grieving,” Clinton said . . . as Mateen looked on from behind her with a smile.

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What the hell is she thinking?

Ted Cruz could have smashed her.

P.S. Trump is absolutely tanking against Hillary.

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