One of the rumors circulating about Orlando shooter Omar Mateen in the immediate aftermath of the shooting was that he himself was gay. Some regulars at the Pulse Nightclub had recognized him — though this could’ve simply been because he had been scoping out the location.
Then, a man came forward claiming to be Mateen’s gay lover. Univision hid his identity, giving him the alias “Miguel.” Miguel claimed Mateen’s shooting wasn’t inspired by ISIS, but rather was revenge after learning that he was HIV positive.
So, right off the bat we have three red flags. It was reported by Univision, we can’t verify the man’s identity, and we know that Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS numerous times.
Now, the FBI has looked into it, and the rumors that Mateen himself was gay are just that — rumors.
The LA Times reports: Several Pulse regulars have come forward in the days since the shooting, claiming to have seen Mateen at the club or to have been contacted by him on the gay dating apps Grindr, Jack’d and Adam4Adam.
On Tuesday, Univision aired a report in which “Miguel,” a man wearing a disguise to conceal his identity, alleged he had sex with Mateen after meeting him on the gay dating app, Grindr. He said Mateen had sex with other men too, including a threesome with a Puerto Rican who allegedly told Mateen, after having had unprotected sex with him, that he was HIV positive.But investigators do not consider the man’s account credible, according to one senior law enforcement official with access to the investigation.
HotAir’s John Secton adds: The FBI has reportedly searched Mateen’s laptop and his phone and found no evidence he led a dual life, i.e. no gay porn or evidence he was contacting gay men. They have also traced his whereabouts using cell tower pings and see nothing to suggest he was leading a secret life.The AP story also mentions Pulse regular Jim Van Horn who claimed Mateen was a regular at the club and repeatedly tried to pick up men. Van Horn tells the AP no one from the FBI has spoken to him and says he’s not sure why they haven’t found proof Mateen was at the club prior to the attack.
Seriously — how desperate are liberals to put the blame for this attack on anything but radical Islam? They’re getting so desperate I almost wish they’d just go back to blaming guns already. Almost.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]