George Zimmerman spoke out more candidly about his acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and it’s sure to ruffle some feathers.
In a 13-minute-long videotaped interview with his divorce attorney, Zimmerman lambasts President Barack Obama and says killing the unarmed 17-year-old Black teenager was “God’s plan.”
Zimmerman has expressed that he is angry at how the president responded to the controversial case and said he is now ready to speak honestly about his opinion on the matter now that the criminal investigation by the Department of Justice has concluded.
“I feel that now is the perfect time to speak my mind without fear of retaliation by the president, the attorney general, the federal government etc.,” Zimmerman explained. “Initially I was extremely alleviated. 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.”
The former neighborhood watchman said he has a “clean conscience” after he was found not guilty in a killing many said was racially motivated and unsound.
“I believe God has his plans, and for me to second-guess them would be hypocritical, almost blasphemous,” he said when asked if he wished the encounter that ended Trayvon’s life would have turned out differently.
Zimmerman also said that “Barack Hussein Obama” was the government official who was the most unfair to him “by far.”
“President Obama held his Rose Garden speech stating if I had a son he would look like Trayvon,” he said. “To me, that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race.”
“He took what should have been a clear-cut self-defense matter, and still to this day on the anniversary of the incident he held a ceremony at the White House inviting the Martin-Fulton family and stating that they should take the day to reflect upon the fact that all children’s lives matter,” Zimmerman added. “Unfortunately for the president, I’m also my parent’s child and my life matters as well. And for him to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution he by far overstretched, overreached, even broke the law in certain aspects to where you have an innocent American being prosecuted by the federal government, which should never happen.”
Zimmerman argued that instead of “making racially charged comments and pitting American against American,” the president insisted that people not “rush to judgement.”
“Ask for the Martin-Fulton family and their attorneys not to incite violence and asked for calm from the entire community,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman concluded by saying that it was “up to God” if he would become the same person he was before the high-profile murder case.
“It’s up to God and I put it all in his hands and I do have faith that whatever he has planned out for me is what’s best for me. So whatever he’s determined whatever he has planned out for me I am along for the ride and I just hope to be strong enough to see his will be done.”