The worst kind of criminals are those who believe they are carrying out God’s plan. And last night, during an ill-advised interview in an un-disclosed Florida location, that is exactly what George Zimmerman told Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Zimmerman, in his first public comments about the shooting, apologized for Martin’s death, but not without throwing more fuel on the fire and further inflaming passions on one of the most tense topics in the country.
“I feel like it was all God’s plan” Zimmerman told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, adding that it wasn’t his place to “second guess it or judge it.”
Hannity’s interview with both Zimmerman and his attorney, Mark O’Mara, focused on the night of Martin’s death in February and Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense, a case that has gripped much of the nation.
When asked what he would say to Martin’s parents, Zimmerman said, “I would tell them that, again, I’m sorry.”
“My wife and I don’t have any children. I have nephews that I love more than life. I love them more than myself. And I know when they were born, it was a different unique bond and love that I have with them. And I love my children even though they aren’t born yet.
“I am sorry that they buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like. And I pray for them daily.”
He prays for Trayvon’s family yet he feels it was God’s plan to kill him?
For him to say that it’s not his place to judge his own actions is utterly ridiculous and just another look into the mind of a deranged man.
For his part, Sean Hannity is a bigot who had no reason for his interview beyond stroking his ego and furthering his agenda of vilifying African-Americans in the media at all costs. George Zimmerman is on trial for murder and the fact that Sean Hannity gave him an hour-long platform to play the victim uncontested is astounding. Hannity didn’t challenge him on a single point. Not when Zimmerman said he didn’t regret following Trayvon. Not when he said there is nothing he would do differently. Not when he said he carries his gun everywhere except work (which implies he carries it when he “mentors” kids), Not when he said he didn’t check to see if Trayvon was dead and in fact didn’t know he was dead until he got to the police station. Not when he said it was all God’s plan. Hannity didn’t challenge a single one of Zimmerman’s callous, implausible claims. In fact, Zimmerman ended up backtracking on his own saying, ”I do wish there was something, anything I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in a position where I had to take his life.” Any interviewer worth his salt would have pointed out that Zimmerman could have elected to stay in the car, or refrained from following him, or refrained from shooting him. There’s three things right there.
What’s even more asinine than that is the fact that Zimmerman’s attorney allowed this interview to happen. Hannity claims he didn’t offer to donate to the case, but there is virtually no other reason that they would do this interview. They’ve effectively strengthened the prosecution’s case. Though Hannity was solidly on his side throughout the interview, Hannity is not the prosecutor nor the judge. Therefore, if Zimmerman changes his story one iota (which he undoubtedly will considering how much he’s changed his story already), then the prosecution has this on tape and transcript to prove he’s lying. Did Zimmerman forget that anything he says “can and will” be used against him in the court of law? That still applies even if you’re talking to someone who is sympathetic toward you.
In the interview, he also said that he felt Spike Lee and Rev Al Sharpton should apologize. He said: “I mean, if I did something that was wrong, I would apologize.”
Is this why, in the same interview, he apologized to Trayvon’s family? Because he knows he was wrong?
Not surprisingly, Trayvon’s family did not take kindly to his invoking God into his defense. NY News reports:
In a series of television appearance on Thursday morning, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton shot back at the Zimmerman’s claim Wednesday night that the killing of their son was part of “God’s plan.”
“I don’t understand what God he worships? It’s not the same God I worship,” Tracy Martin told “Fox and Friends.”
“That’s heartless to say that it was ‘God’s plan’ that he took our child’s life,” Martin added.
Trayvon’s parents took issue with Zimmerman saying there was nothing he could do. They say there was — he could have stayed in his car.
“He made a rush to judgment to judge Trayvon as a criminal, as suspicious,” Tracy Martin told CNN. “He got out of that car. He put Trayvon in that position.”
“He cannot … pick a fight and then say, ‘He put me in this position,’” he said.
Trayvon’s parents also said they would “absolutely not” sit down and talk to Zimmerman.
It’s hard to imagine what Trayvon’s parents are going to considering they are always having to react to Zimmerman’s latest comments on his Nationwide Innocence Tour with these latest comments being the most blasphemous.
Sean Hannity giving Zimmerman that spotlight is senseless and his lawyer comes off as desperate for allowing it.
The last high-profile defendant to agree to an impolitic interview was Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky. And well, we know how much that helped his defense.
What Zimmerman must have missed in his Sunday School class is that the Bible still says “Thou shalt not kill” and if in fact he didn’t kill Trayvon in “self-defense” like he claimed, he will pay for what he did. He may not pay for it in this country’s warped justice system but he will pay for it in life and certainly after life. And he can thank God for that.
What do you think about this latest turn of events?
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