George Zimmerman has sparked a fresh round of outrage and condemnation on Twitter, after retweeting a photo of Trayvon Martin’s lifeless body.
A fan of Zimmerman’s posted the photo of Martin’s dead body to Twitter along with the caption “Z-Man is a one man army.” On Friday, Zimmerman then retweeted the image to his 10,000 followers on the social network, according to the Daily Mail. The image has since disappeared, and it remains unclear whether Zimmerman or the original poster (or Twitter) removed it.
— Kissy Denise (@AskKissy) September 27, 2015
Zimmerman’s retweet immediately provoked a visceral backlash, with one Twitter user calling him “a disgusting human being,” and berating him for being “proud for killing a kid.” Another user called Zimmerman a “miserable excuse for a human being,” while yet another asserted that “One day someone will tweet the lifeless body of @TherealGeorgeZ and karma will be had.”
— Breaking3zero U.S. (@Breaking3zeroUS) September 12, 2015
The incident is not the first time that Zimmerman has used his social media profile to spark confrontation. In response to a tweet last month, Zimmerman made a barely veiled threat, as Raw Story reports, saying “We all know how it ended for the last moron that hit me.” This statement was followed by a number of racial slurs and an apparent selfie that showed Zimmerman smoking a cigar in a swimming pool.
— someecards (@someecards) September 27, 2015
Zimmerman has also used his social media profile to lash out at President Obama, tweeting a photo of Michael Brown and Vester Flanagan and asserting in the caption that the pair would be the result should the president have had two sons. Zimmerman also referred to the president as an “ignorant baboon” in response to Mr. Obama’s comments regarding the shooting deaths of WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. Zimmerman’s comment was accompanied by a number of homophobic slurs.
In 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter after taking the life of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Since then, Zimmerman has had numerous run-ins with law enforcement, and has been arrested multiple times due to allegations of domestic violence. George Zimmerman has also spent the years since his acquittal courting controversy online, using his social media profile to brag about killing Martin, as well as to sell confederate flag paintings.
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