George Zimmerman said in a recent interview that he has a “clear conscience” about the Trayvon Martin shooting, but he pointed to one man who should feel guilty: Barack Obama. Zimmerman accused the president of using “racially charged comments” to pit Americans against him and each other, based solely on race. He also said Martin’s death had more to do with God than him.
According to Bloomberg, George Zimmerman sat down with his divorce attorney, Howard Iken, for an interview discussing, among other things, the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Why discuss the shooting again now? Over three years after the fact?
Zimmerman insists that now he can speak more freely because before, the Department of Justice investigation was still over his head, and he feared retaliation from President Obama or the federal government.
Iken quickly asked him if he had a clear conscience about the shooting, to which George Zimmerman responded, “Yes, sir.”
“I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous.”
But, Zimmerman still insists he’s done a lot of soul-searching.
“Had I had a fraction of the thought that I could have done something differently, acted differently so that both of us who survived then I would have heavier weight on my shoulders. That sense in the back of my mind but in all fairness you cannot as a human feel guilty for living, for surviving.”
George Zimmerman managed to walk away innocent with an acquittal to second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Likewise, he avoided federal prosecution on violating Martin’s civil rights. Still, he’s not happy with the way the federal government handled the investigation. He’s particularly disappointed with Barack Obama.
“President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating if I had a son he would look like Trayvon. To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”
George Zimmerman also cited the Obama ceremony with the Martin-Fulton family during the investigation as further proof that the president was interjecting himself into a local law enforcement matter.
When asked about his reaction to the federal charges being dropped, Zimmerman explained, “Initially I was extremely alleviated.”
But that changed quickly.
“Quickly that turned into realization that the Department of Justice finding that there was no basis to pursue [federal] charges was just the beginning of a journey — my personal journey — to correct the wrongs that the federal government did. To ensure that it never happens to any innocent American ever again.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, George Zimmerman has had a difficult time since the acquittal. He’s been visited by police multiple times over domestic abuse complaints from his ex-wife and former girlfriends, although he has managed to avoid charges every time. Likewise, at least one of his former supporters turned on him to declare the Martin shooting was racially motivated.
The full interview with George Zimmerman is available here.
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