Disgraced ex-congressman sat behind Donald Trump at a Florida rally

Disgraced Ex-Congressman Spotted Behind Trump at Rally

"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.

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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."

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Mitt Romney has been critical of Trump's rhetoric. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Senator John Thune (R-SD) addresses delegates during the third session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 29, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush has not endorsed Trump, and insiders revealed in September he plans to vote for Hillary Clinton.


Jeb Bush, former Governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was one of Donald Trump's primary targets during the primary season. 

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Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich stayed in the primary longer than most other candidates, and notably refused to appear at the GOP convention in the same arena with Trump, attending other events instead. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a close friend to Sen. John McCain, has been a vocal critic of Trump's. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Although he didn't endorse Trump during the 2016 convention, Ted Cruz eventually changed his mind, saying in September he'd vote for the GOP nominee (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) 
Pictured: George Pataki participates in CNBC's 'Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate' live from the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado Wednesday, October 28th at 6PM ET / 8PM ET -- (Photo by: David A. Grogan/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) addresses the second session of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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."

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