Donald Trump continued his witch hunt against “Crooked Hillary” by deriding a completely innocent man who attended Clinton’s rally in Miami. All the while, disgraced Congressman and accused pedophile Mark Lacey was right behind Trump the entire time, in the reserved seats where Trump says fans “know the campaign.”
Seddique Mateen, father of the Miami shooter Omar Mateen, was spotted on Monday at Clinton’s rally in Kissimmee, FL. In the months since the Pulse nightclub massacre, there have been plenty of articles trashing Seddique Mateen, and we aren’t going to wade into that.
The question at hand is one of guilt by association.
“Wasn’t it terrible when the father of the animal that killed the wonderful people in Orlando was sitting with a big smile on his face right behind Hillary Clinton?” Trump asked his audience in Sunrise, FL on Wednesday.
In the next breath, Trump went on, “and by the way, including a lot of the people here,” then turned around and asked the audience behind him, “how many of you people know me? A lot of you people.” Amid the chants and waiving was Mark Foley, hand raised and smiling. Trump continued, “When you get those seats, you sort of know the campaign. So when she said ‘we didn’t know,’ he knew, they knew.”
Trump’s insinuations are clear. Seddique Mateen is a monster, her campaign knowingly let him in, Clinton knew that he was in the audience, and she is a monster for associating with him.
So what does it say that accused pedophile Mark Foley was in Trump’s audience for the full hour-long rally?
Let’s start with the fact that Trump actually knows Foley. He donated thousands to Foley’s campaigns, according to NBC’s Katy Tur. Trump spoke to Larry King about Foley right after his sex scandal broke in 2006, saying “Mark Foley would come to Mar-a-Lago with charities and everything and I’ve seen him for years and he always had a very beautiful woman with him, and yet everyone knew that Mark was gay…but he would come in with magnificent-looking women. It was like torture to me watching this.”
“I’ve been a friend of Mr. Trump’s since 1987,” Foley confirmed after the rally to the Sun-Sentinel. Via text message, he also told NBC News’ Thomas Roberts “He’s been a friend of mine for 30 years and one of my biggest contributors.”
Here is Donald Trump, not only friends with a disgraced Congressman and alleged pedophile, but he has that friend in the “reserved” section of seats behind him at a nationally-televised rally. And yet he’s railing against Hillary Clinton for a there being a man – who committed no crimes, and who Clinton doesn’t even know – in her audience?
There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there is the ultimate bottom feeder, Donald Trump.