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Disgraced Ex-Congressman Sat Behind Donald Trump At A Florida Rally

As Trump attacked Hillary Clinton for letting the Orlando shooter's father sit near her at a rally, a disgraced politician was sitting behind Trump.

By Briana Altergott | August 11, 2016

"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?" Donald Trump said at a rally in Florida.

As Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton on Wednesday after Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando shooter, was seen sitting behind her at a recent rally, viewers quickly noticed a controversial person right behind him.

SEE MORE: Father of Orlando Shooter Attended Clinton Rally

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Yes, that's disgraced former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley of Florida smiling behind the stage during the Republican presidential nominee's rally in Florida.

As you might know, Foley resigned from his position in 2006 amid allegations he sent sexually explicit text messages to underage congressional pages.

Shortly after the rally, Foley told the Sun Sentinel he was there and praised Trump's performance and ideas.

He told the outlet: "I like the energy. I've been a friend of Mr. Trump's since 1987. I've admired so much of what he's done. He's a different breed of leader and a different breed of candidate."

It's still unclear if Trump's campaign knew Foley was at the rally and was right behind the presidential candidate.

But as CNN pointed out, the row of seats directly behind the stage had "reserved" signs on them.

As for Clinton, her campaign immediately disavowed Mateen's support after he appeared behind her at her rally. A Clinton campaign spokesperson told reporters she "disagrees with his views and disavows his support."

This video includes clips from WPTV and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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