A friend of Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and injured another 53 at a gay night club in Orlando last week, said the terrorist was a fan of Hillary Clinton.
In a column for The Washington Post, Mohammed A. Malik wrote about how he reported Mateen to the FBI in 2014. After a boy from their local mosque became the first American-born suicide bomber in Syria, Mateen revealed to his friend that he had been watching video recordings of an imam who had radicalized other American-born terrorists.
Malik reported the information to the FBI, which subsequently investigated Mateen. Shortly thereafter, the FBI ceased their probe, claiming they found no evidence to warrant further suspicion. After that, Malik and Mateen continued to stay in touch. During the last meal they shared together in January, Mateen revealed that he liked Clinton.
Omar and I continued to have infrequent conversations over the next few years. I last saw him at a dinner at his father’s house in January. We talked about the presidential election and debated our views of the candidates that were running – he liked Hillary Clinton and I liked Bernie Sanders. This banter continued through texts and phone calls for several months. My last conversation with Omar was by phone in mid-May. He called me while he was at the beach with his son to tell me about a vacation he’d taken with his father to Orlando the previous weekend. He’d been impressed by the local mosque.
Now everyone who dings Donald Trump for his neo-Nazi supporters can stop pretending Hillary one-ups him in this respect.