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Orlando Shooter’s Imam Is Pro-Trump

Donald Trump received an unlikely endorsement Sunday, that of the imam who runs the mosque where the Orlando gunman attended.

Omar Mateen attacked Pulse nightclub in Orlando, on a Latin night, shooting more than 100 people. Donald Trump has been accused of holding racist positions about Mexican immigrants and Muslim people, the latter group he promised to “ban” from the country.

From the Hill:

Omar Mateen, the suspect in the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting that left 50 dead and injured 53 more, spent time at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce and was there as recently as two days ago, Imam Shafiq Rahman told The Washington Post on Sunday. 

A reporter for WPTV in Florida reported that Mateen’s imam gave an unexpected statement to the media on Sunday evening.

The imam, who was not identified by name by reporter Meghan McRoberts, said if presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump were president, the anger would shift away from Muslims, according to a WPTV reporter. 

“It would have some good effects,” the unnamed imam told WPTV. 

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