Tuesday, the Washington Times, among other publications, posted an article about how the father of the man who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in an Orlando nightclub in June attended a Hillary Clinton rally.
The headlines all seemed to point to one thing – because this man’s father attended a Hillary Clinton rally, it is somehow a reflection on Clinton, herself.
This was validated by the trending tweets on the subject:
WOW: Openly pro-Taliban father of Orlando Shooter, Seddique Mateen, was front and center at Hillary's rally.https://t.co/xciidOoUyx
— Watch Clinton Cash (@JaredWyand) August 9, 2016
— ✪ realDeal ✪ (@NoMoreRomney) August 9, 2016
"Father of Orlando"
— ♥Pink Lady♥ (@pink_lady56) August 9, 2016
Father of Orlando terrorist sits behind Hillary at rally. Pathological liar wants us to believe it wasn't planned pic.twitter.com/HOMd2LDUSb
— Jennifer #Trump2016 (@jenilynn1001) August 9, 2016
— Rednecks For Trump (@RedneckForTrump) August 9, 2016
The Washington Times states,
‘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.
Asked by a reporter why he attended Mrs. Clinton’s rally near Orlando, Mr. Mateen replied, “I spoke a lot about that and wish that my son joined the Army and fought ISIS. That would be much better.” ISIS is an acronym for the Islamic State.
He said his family has been ‘cooperating with the federal government’ in the investigation of the shooting, but didn’t elaborate.
Clearly, conservatives are exploiting this as a means of claiming that Hillary somehow supports terrorists or is desperate for votes.
However, this simply is not the case. This type of thinking is completely devoid of any true logical argument for 2 reasons.
- Anyone can attend a Clinton rally.
- Many have stated that, because Seddique Mateen reportedly openly supported the Taliban, it means that Clinton supports terrorists or that she is, for whatever reason, seeking out some kind of terrorist vote. First of all, one fringe supporter doesn’t define Clinton’s voter base or campaign. Secondly, anyone can theoretically support any political candidate. If Clinton was running a targeted campaign to reach out to some mythical terrorist faction of the electorate, similar to what Donald Trump has done for the white working class, then we might begin to have a valid conversation about this. However, that’s not possible, and, again, the argument doesn’t hold.
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