The imam of Omar Mateen, the suspect in the Orlando, Fla., gay club shooting that killed at least 50 and injured 53 more, said he is "pro-Trump," reported WPTV television in Florida on Sunday.
The Imam said "if Trump were in office, the anger would shift away from Muslims," tweeted reporter Meghan McRoberts of WPTV. “It would have some good effects,” he said in an interview.
McRoberts did not identify Imam Shafiq Rahman by name, but The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Rahman said Mateen had spent time at the mosque of the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, Fla. and was there just two days before the mass shooting.
Rahman also said he had not known Mateen was on an FBI watch list, and that he wished he had known.
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