George Zimmerman, the ex-neighborhood watchman who was accused and then acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed black man, Trayvon Martin, believes he is still "good at heart" and criticized Obama for the handling of the case in a 13-minute video posted by his lawyer on Monday.
Zimmerman who killed 17-year-old Martin in Sanford, Fla. in February 2012 was charged with second-degree murder in July 2013, but a jury acquitted him. Zimmerman staunchly defends the controversial notion that he pulled the trigger in self-defense, but his actions sparked a national debate on racial profiling in the United States — that still rages on today.
In the video, Zimmerman tries to paint himself as the unrecognized victim in the aftermath of Martin's death as he cited how the federal government was “unfair” to him because they did not investigate if his civil rights had been violated, yet he seems to blatantly disregard how the Justice Department decided not to prosecute him for a hate crime, which arguably Martin’s murder was.
Even more cringe-worthy is Zimmerman’s complete lack of guilt. When asked by his attorney if Zimmerman had a clean conscience, he answered, “Yes, sir.” He cited “soul-searching” that helped him to have “mental clearness” in not feeling guilty for “surviving” an incident in which he killed another totally innocent human being. The absolute absurdity of his words is undeniably astonishing.
“Only in a true life or death scenario can you have mental clearness to know that you cannot feel guilty for surviving,” he said. “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.”
Playing up the victim narrative further, Zimmerman compared himself to Anne Frank.
“I still believe that people are truly good at heart, as Anne Frank has said, and I will put myself in any position to help another human in any way I can," he said.
When asked by his attorney who he felt was too blame for the highest level of unfairness done to him, Zimmerman replied, “By far, the president of the United States — Barack Hussein Obama.”
Zimmerman continued, “He had the most authority and, in that sense, I would hold him in the highest regard believing that he would hold that position and do his absolute [best] to not inflame racial tensions in America.”
Zimmerman was citing Obama’s powerful statement that if he had a son, he would look like Martin.
“To me that was clearly a dereliction of duty pitting Americans against each other solely based on race,” he said. “He took what should have been a clear-cut self-defense matter and, still to this day, on the anniversary of 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.
“Unfortunately for the president, I’m also my parent’s child and my life matters as well.”