Man Says He Was Omar Mateen's Lover: Attack Was 'Revenge, Not Terrorism'
— Fusion (@Fusion) June 21, 2016
Omar Mateen's alleged former lover said in an interview with Univision that the Pulse nightclub shooter wanted revenge against the gay Latino community and wasn't motivated by terrorism.
The man, appearing in disguise, told anchor Maria Elena Salinas that Mateen attacked the gay nightclub out of "revenge."
"I’ve cried like you have no idea. But the thing that makes me want to tell the truth is that he didn’t do it for terrorism. In my opinion he did it for revenge," the man said.
During the attack, Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He also is said to have expressed solidarity with the Boston bombers and an American who carried out a suicide attack in Syria.
The man, referred to only as Miguel in the interview, said he met Mateen on the gay dating app Grindr and that they saw each other 15-20 times.
He said the romantic relationship ended last December when Mateen moved out of Orlando and that Mateen harbored negative feelings toward Puerto Rican gay men.
"He felt used by them—there were moments in the Pulse nightclub that made him feel really bad. Guys used him. That really affected him," the man stated.
Tonight on The Kelly File, a former Islamic extremist who hid his homosexuality reacted to the new report (video below).
Sohail Ahmed said that people who say the attack was only caused by one factor have it wrong, and that the ideology of radical Islam gave Mateen the framework on which to base his grievances against the gay community.
"Attacking a LGBT club is specific to his own situation, but also is a specific attack against the West," Ahmed said.
He also pointed out that Mateen and his wife were casing Disney World before carrying out the Pulse nightclub shooting.
"Disney [World] has nothing to do with LGBT stuff, so the common thread there is the West. It's both an attack on the LGBT community and on the West."