Mark Foley was a republican congressman from 1995-2006, but had to resign after he was caught sending explicitly sexual emails and instant messages to teenage boys.
On Tuesday, Seddique Mateen, whose son Omar was the Orlando terrorist, was seated in almost the exact same spot behind Clinton at her rally in Kissimmee, Fla. But a WFOR-TV reporter said that Foley told her that the Trump campaign didn’t know he was there.
Seddique Mateen, the father of the man who murdered 49 people and injured dozens more in Orlando in June, occupied a similar seat behind Clinton at an event Monday. Trump asked the crowd.
Foley, who reportedly also attended Trump’s victory party the night he won the Sunshine State’s primary in March, was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after a watchdog group leaked messages from Foley to young aides to law enforcement. “A lot of you know me!”
So I guess it’s okay to have a pedophile who personally knows you sit right behind you at a rally, at least if you’re Donald Trump.
“If they gave a trophy for most valuable player, the victor of the trophy for ISIS would probably have to be Hillary Clinton”, Trump said Tuesday. “They’re going to be famous”.
After the event, Foley told NBC that he would be voting for Trump.
Donald Trump on Wednesday night admonished Hillary Clinton for having the father of the Orlando shooter seated behind her at a recent campaign rally.
Foley told NBC News’ Thomas Roberts immediately after the rally via text message that “yes” he is a Trump supporter.
“I’ve been a friend of Mr. Trump’s since 1987”. “He’s been a friend of mine for 30 years and [was] one of my biggest contributors”.
“A certain campaign made a big deal about how campaigns must vet everyone who attends events”, tweeted Florida Democratic strategist Eric Jotkoff. I’ve admired so much of what he’s done.
The rows of seats directly behind Trump, where Foley was seated, had signs that marked the seats as “RESERVED”. “He’s a different breed of leader and a different reed of candidate”, he said at the rally. Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill later issued a statement adding that the candidate “disagrees with his views and disavows his support”.