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Blindsided Orlando survivors stunned to discover they were at rally with terrorist’s father

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Survivors of Orlando’s Pulse nightclub terror attack were stunned to find out they attended the same rally for Democrat Hillary Clinton as their attacker’s father.

Jacobi Ceballo and Christopher Hansen, who lived through the June 12 massacre that left 49 people dead and another 53 wounded, didn’t learn that Omar Mateen’s father Seddique Mateen was in the audience until after Monday’s rally.


“I opened up my Facebook and it was the first thing I saw,” Hansen told ClickOrlando.

Hansen said he was there as a guest of Ceballo, who was invited by a representative from the Clinton campaign.

Ceballo told ClickOrlando that he “would have not come” if he knew the killer’s father was going to be there.

“I’m outraged,” Ceballo said. “For him to come back to Orlando, where his son created devastation, was also mind-blowing … I feel, like, let down.”

Hansen disagreed.

“You can’t blame a parent for what a child has done,” he said.

The Clinton campaign issued a statement, after Clinton dodged a question about Mateen’s appearance at the Kissimmee, Florida, rally, saying it disavowed his support and claimed it didn’t know he would be there.

That’s something 2008 GOP presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani didn’t believe. He said a politician’s staff generally pick who sits behind the candidate during a rally.

Carmine Sabia


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