Orlando Shooter’s Gay Lover Speaks Out


The Orlando massacre was “revenge,” not terrorism, says man who claims he was gunman’s lover.

There’s been a lot of speculation about the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, and what made him decide to shoot up a gay night club killing 49 people and injuring more. The right-wing nutters and gun lovers really want us to believe that Mateen was a radicalized Muslim who did this in the name of ISIS.

Conservatives, in their need to kiss NRA butt want us to believe that Mateen was radicalized and walked into a gay night club to shoot up the place because of his Muslim faith – and that’s partly true, but the reason was that his faith conflicted with his own sexuality. The Muslim faith, according to some interpretations, sees homosexuality as an abomination. If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s precisely what right-wing religious freaks claim is written in the Bible.

According to a man who says he was his lover for two months, Omar Mateen was “100 percent” gay and bore a grudge against Latino men because he felt used by them.

The man who asked to be referred to as “Miguel” gave an interview to Univision’s Noticias anchor, Maria Elena SalinasMiguel appeared in the interview wearing a disguise.

“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 told Univision Noticias anchor Maria Elena Salinas in an interview in English and Spanish on Univision.

“Miguel” said Mateen was angry and upset after a man he had sex with later revealed he was infected with the HIV virus.

When asked why he decided to come forward, “Miguel” said: “It’s my responsibility as a citizen of the United States and a gay man.”

“Miguel” also described Mateen, as having been wracked with self-loathing about his sexual orientation, having a resentment against gay Latinos, and an alcohol problem. He said that he and Mateen met on the gay dating app Grindr the year before and described the two-month-long relationship as one of “friends with benefits.” It ended in December, when Miguel moved away from Orlando.

He adored Latinos, gay Latinos, with brown skin – but he felt rejected. 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. I believe this crazy horrible thing he did – that was revenge.

The FBI did, in fact, confirm to Univision that they had met with “Miguel,” and “Miguel” claimed that he had been interviewed by agents in-person three times.

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