In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, accused murderer, George Zimmerman had some pretty eye-opening comments. From Think Progress:
Hannity asked Zimmerman if he regretted getting out of his car to follow Trayvon, carrying a gun, or anything at all about the night he killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman said he regretted nothing because he believed “it was all God’s plan.” He also said there isn’t anything he would do differently in retrospect.
Here’s the video:
Later in the interview, he backtracked a bit and did actually apologize, but without taking any sort of personal responsibility, which of course, could have been up the advice of his attorney. From the Orlando Sentinel:
“I do wish there was something, anything I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in a position where I would have had to take a life,” he said in the interview’s closing moments. “I do want to tell everyone . I’m sorry that this happened. I hate to think that because of this incident, because of my actions, it has polarized, divided America. I’m truly sorry.”
“I am not a racist. I am not a murderer,” he said.
He apologized again to Trayvon’s parents.
“I would tell them that again I’m sorry. I don’t have, my wife and I don’t have any children. … I am sorry that they buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily,” he said.
Is he a racist? Police interviewed three dozen people who knew Zimmerman, including an ex-fiance, coworkers, friends, police investigators and family members. They opined that he was not racist, with the exception of at least one, who said he didn’t like black people. Zimmerman’s MySpace page called Mexicans “wannabe thugs” and he teased a Middle Eastern coworker about his accent, calling him, ”Achmed the Dead Terrorist.”
On the other hand, he reportedly worked in a diverse office and mentored two African-American children.
An anonymous family member has come forward accusing Zimmerman of repeatedly molesting her when she was a child. She also claims that Zimmerman’s family was proudly racist.
Allegedly, Zimmerman could have had no friendlier interviewer than Hannity. Russell Simmon’s website, Global Grind, reported that Hannity offered to pay for Zimmerman’s defense if Jose Baez would be the lead. Fox News denies the report.
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