The latest glitch on presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign trail involves former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned from Congress in 2006 after sending sexually suggestive messages to a 16-year-old male assistant.
Ironically, Foley chaired the House caucus on missing and exploited children at the time, and also wrote the sexual predator provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, The Washington Post reported.
Despite his dramatic fall from grace from a sex scandal, Foley was seen prominently seated behind Trump at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Aug. 10, reports Good Morning America.
After the event, Foley acknowledged he was supporting Trump for president, telling MSNBC that Trump has “been a friend of mine for 30 years and one of my biggest contributors."
Trump’s opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, also had a controversial supporter at one of her recent rallies.
Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando nightclub mass murderer Omar Mateen, was in the audience at her Florida rally on Aug. 8.
Although the elder Mateen had nothing to do with his son’s crime, he has appeared in strange YouTube videos, portraying himself as an Afghan leader, sympathetic toward the Taliban and hostile to the U.S.-backed Pakistani government, The Washington Post reports.
He even pretended to be the Afghan president, in a video he posted on a Facebook page called Provisional Government of Afghanistan.
Considering Mateen’s odd behavior, the Clinton campaign disavowed his apparent support, and claimed to have no prior knowledge that he would be present at the rally.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump was quick to take advantage of the opportunity. With Foley seated behind him, Trump asked, “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?"