George Zimmerman broke his silence for the first time since the Justice Department declined to prosecute him for civil rights violations. And he took aim squarely at President Obama.
In an interview conducted by his divorce attorney Howard Iken, the former neighborhood watchman said the president ramped up racial tensions when he declared “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”
Zimmerman was made infamous when he shot black teenager Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
The shooting sparked months of protests but ultimately Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges and Eric Holder’s Justice Department found no cause to prosecute him federally on civil rights charges.
But Zimmerman’s contention that, in fact, his civil rights were the ones violated.
“The federal government, the FBI under the Department of Justice and Eric Holder, they had gone to Sanford, interviewed in particular a Sanford sergeant who stated in very clear terms that he did not care whether it was legal or not, that I should be prosecuted because of the fear of a civil unrest in the city of Sanford,” he said. “Knowing that the Department of Justice did not investigate further to see if my civil rights were violated.”
Zimmerman said he doesn’t believe he did anything wrong on that fateful night and his conscious is clean, but he still has anger towards the president, who he referred to as Barack Hussein Obama.
“After even after Jay Carney, his [former] press secretary stated in the White House briefing that the White House will not interject in a local law enforcement matter and at most a state criminal matter, President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating, ‘if I had a son he would look like Trayvon,'” Zimmerman said. “To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”
Zimmerman shockingly said he doesn’t wish the events of his encounter with Martin turned out differently.
“With me as a Christian, I believe that God does everything for a purpose, and he had his plans and for me to second guess them would be hypocritical and almost blasphemous,” he said.
He also took a shot at the media, blaming them for pouncing on what he called “minor infractions” he’s been involved in since the case, and making them seem more damning because of an agenda they have.
Iken asked Zimmerman if he was the same person he was three years ago, to which Zimmerman said, “Absolutely not.”
“I have to have my guard up,” he said. “I still believe that people are truly good at heart, as Anne Frank has said, and I will put myself in any position to help another human in any way I can.”
Zimmerman said his fate in God’s hands and, “I just hope to be strong enough to see his will be done.”
The response on social media was mixed.
@ROCKWITHBECK To be honest, Zimmerman was just a convenient scapegoat for Obama to f**k over.
— Kent Lindstrom (@thundley4) March 24, 2015
George Zimmerman blames Obama for racial divide. Very true. http://t.co/UkePdnp1mZ
— larry lawson (@llawson) March 24, 2015
George Zimmerman: Obama inflamed racial tensions against me http://t.co/uw71iPEiRg Because he is a Racist, Anti-White POTUS drunk with power
— RickyRay (@RickyRayinGA) March 23, 2015
— truthwatcher (@truthwatcher) March 24, 2015
@GOPBlackChick THANK YOU for your arguments tonight.. agree with everything you said. Prez antagonized the public. Brown had his piece in it
— Logan Hamm (@_LoganHamm) March 24, 2015
Crystal Wright Says, Trayvon Martin Participated in his Own DemiseBitch is Obviously R.Wing G.Zimmerman says, killing him was Gods Plans
— Cher (@cher) March 24, 2015
George Zimmerman condemning people for “rushing to judgment” Let’s all think about that
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 23, 2015
Not sure I’ve ever hated anyone as much as I do George Zimmerman.
— Jamilah Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) March 23, 2015
George Zimmerman says Obama has caused the racial divide. Yeah I’m sure killing a black kid for carrying Skittles had nothing to do with it.
— Chris Reed (@CDReed) March 24, 2015
Since when has killing someone become God’s plan, I know the bible says so, but logically that’s doesn’t make any… http://t.co/rsvZSp61fS
— Emmanuel (@successful_89) March 24, 2015
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