The former Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, who was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, told Big League Politics Hillary R. Clinton’s suggestion that Capitol Hill Republicans were partners in Sunday’s spree-shooting in Las Vegas was a disgrace.
“Frankly, I am just disgusted that Hillary Clinton made the comments that she did without out knowing anything—and that is the most dangerous thing that anyone in politics can do at this point,” said George Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer the Feb. 26, 2012 evening Martin jumped him and struggled for his gun.
Under pressure from the public and the media, police charged Zimmerman with murder, weeks after police initially declined to charge him.
Zimmerman said Clinton should have shown restraint given the emotions that are unleashed after a shooting tragedy.
“Politicizing this, we already know it is going to get turned into a firearms issue, which we already know is polarizing and is extremely dangerous,” he said.
Clinton made her comments in a long-form interview with the Center for American Progress “Thinking CAP” podcast.
“Of course, they are,” she said.
“I obviously feel strongly about this and what we saw happen in Las Vegas was just another horrible example of, you know, people with too many guns and too few restraints being able to now kill,” she said. “I just find it terrible and sickening.”
“One of the first things that Trump did when he became president was to undo the regulation from the Obama era so, you know, mental health records no longer prevent you from buying a gun,” she said.
“In fact, being blind does not any longer prevent you from buying a gun. I mean, this is beyond absurd; this is evil,” she said. “This is nothing but pure, unadulterated greed motivated by people who want to sell as many guns as they can.”
Zimmerman said he had one question for Clinton: “Can she unequivocally say that the Las Vegas murderer did not use any rifles from Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious deal?”
Taking up another one of Clinton’s points, he asked: “Why is she going out and making comments about silencers or suppressors, when nothing is known?”
All of it had a familiar ring, he said.
“That is what they do,” Zimmerman said.
“They make sound bites for the media that they think will resonate or they think will get continuous play just for publicity,” he said.
“Leaders, in whatever capacity they fulfill, should know that they should wait for law enforcement to fully research the situation before they go on a Twitter tangent,” he said.
The 34-year-old said his trial ordeal was one large lesson in not rushing to judgment, when not only was the media overwhelmingly against him, he also had to overcome the fallout from NBC News’ deliberate editing of the audio file from his call to the police in order to incriminate him.
ABC News also put forward a false narrative of the events of Feb. 26, 2012 with an animated recreation, he said. “The worst part is they knew what they were doing—they did it maliciously.”
Zimmerman said the media tainted the jury pool before there was even a jury or any trial.
“They did the American people a disservice, it did me a tremendous disservice and they created hundreds of hours of work for my attorneys, who should have been focusing on my defense.”
More than five years after Martin attacked him and was killed during his struggle for Zimmerman’s handgun, the man, who wanted to be a police officer and earned a criminal justice degree, has
found his way in the world.
George Zimmerman (Photo courtesy of Peter Duke)
Zimmerman still lives in Florida and he spends his time working a documentary and book, both called “Sheepdog Nation,” based on his experiences.
“My executive producer’s vision is simply to help the people, the masses, realize how misled and manipulated they were by the media,” he said.
People will be surprised to hear the true behind-the-scenes account, where he exposes the malpractice of justice by police, prosecutors and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, in addition to the misdeeds of the reporters covering his case.
The book and film are expected to debut early next year, he said.
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Trump Turns On NRA and GOP Establishment, Endorses Underdog for Georgia Governor
Trump’s endorsement of Kemp puts him at odds with the National Rifle Association, who endorsed his opponent.
In a tweet sure to anger the political establishment, President Donald Trump endorsed Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in his run for Governor of the Peach State. His opponent, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, has been fully embraced by the establishment and with this late endorsement, voters now have a lot to think about before casting their ballot on Tuesday.
Brian Kemp is running for Governor of the great state of Georgia. The Primary is on Tuesday. Brian is tough on crime, strong on the border and illegal immigration. He loves our Military and our Vets and protects our Second Amendment. I give him my full and total endorsement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Georgia-based publications have called Cagle “the Georgia Capitol crowd’s man for governor” who has received substantial financial support from “lobbyists, political action committees and legacy donors.” On the other hand, Brian Kemp has been seen as the underdog who has consistently fought back against the establishment.
Trump’s endorsement of Kemp also puts him at odds with the National Rifle Association, who endorsed his opponent, who they called “a steadfast supporter of the Second Amendment.” But despite organizational support, not everyone in the organization, and the gun rights movement as a whole, seems too thrilled with their endorsement.
Longtime NRA board member Bob Barr came to Kemp’s defense, endorsing him earlier this month. In a statement, Barr said, “As a Board Member of the NRA since 1997, I can say without any hesitation whatsoever, that of the two candidates in the Republican run-off, Brian Kemp is by far the best man to represent us in the Governor’s race.”
The NRA’s endorsement of Cagle likely comes due to the fact that Cagle has long been seen as the front-runner in the race. But to gun rights organizations actually located in the state, the endorsement seems like a slap in the face.
Georgia Gun Owners, headquartered in Kennesaw, has led the charge in support of pro-gun legislation in Georgia and the group didn’t mince words when it comes to Cagle’s record on the Second Amendment. Executive Director Patrick Parsons fired back at Cagle for his refusal to fight for pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation.
“In my eight legislative sessions working the halls of the State Capitol in Atlanta, I can tell you that Casey Cagle has never lifted a finger for Constitutional Carry,” Parsons stated. “And when there was a chance for a vote on Constitutional Carry on the floor of the Senate in 2017, he didn’t allow it to come up for a vote.”
Along with Georgia Gun Owners, Luis Valdez of The Truth About Guns, questioned Cagle, calling him “no friend of gun owners,” before laying out his record of betrayal for gun owners:
- 2013: SB188 (Campus Carry) was introduced twice within that legislative session but Cagle refused to allow the Georgia Senate to have a floor vote.
- 2014: Cagle wanted to have ‘training requirements’ inserted into HB65 when the bill being debated and amended in the Conference Committee.
- 2016: While hosting a forum with Georgia’s religious leaders; Cagle told them that Campus Carry was not “responsible” and he “does not agree with this and other legislation being pushed upon our state.”
- 2017: The Georgia Legislature passed Campus Carry but Cagle said it was a “thoughtful compromise” when he allowed his College and Career Academies to remain on the exemption list.
- 2017: Cagle sent SB177 (Georgia Constitutional Carry) to die in committee and blocked three additional Pro-Gun amendments to be heard in the Senate.
- 2018: Cagle during an interview with the news stated “Georgia is in a very good position where our gunlaws stand today, and I know of no areas where gun rights need to be expanded in the state.”
President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Kemp, while it may ruffle some feathers, truly shows that he understands what is best for his supporters in Georgia. Trump’s entire presidency has been about fighting back against the establishment, and this endorsement clearly shows that he is committed to that fight.
Georgia’s primary election is on Tuesday, July 24th, and is sure to be a close one.
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