Is it defamation to call someone a “scumbag?” Because George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted for shooting and killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, isn’t done being one.
Zimmerman has a history of being scum.
He instigated a fight with Trayvon Martin after calling the police to report him walking through a neighborhood wearing a hoodie while being black. The police told Zimmerman to stand down, but Zimmy got out and confronted Martin, proceeded to get his ass kicked by the teen, then shot and killed him. The shooting was initially deemed legal under Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law, but he was later charged, then acquitted.
In September 2013, his estranged wife accused him of threatening her and her father with a gun. No charges were filed.
Quick on the rebound, Zimmerman’s girlfriend accused him of pointing a shotgun at her in November 2013. Police leveled several charges against him which were all dropped at the request of the girlfriend.
In 2016, he claimed he was punched in the face at a bar after a fellow patron accused him of bragging about killing Trayvon Martin. Also in 2016, he was removed from another bar after yelling at a waitress and, according to a sheriff’s deputy, saying, “I didn’t know you were a nigger lover.” Zimmerman said he intended to sue the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, but no suit ever surfaced.
In 2018, he was charged with stalking a private investigator who was working on a documentary with Jay-Z. According to the investigator, Zimmerman contacted him with 21 phone calls, 38 text messages, and 7 voice mails in two and a half hours.
He was kicked off the dating app Bumble in 2018 for posting shirtless pictures of himself, and Tinder in 2019 where he was posting with the name “Carter” and “looking for carefree, fun!”
In 2013, he started selling paintings on eBay with one going for over $100,000. It was later revealed he copied the painting from Shutterstock. He was caught copying another painting in 2014, this one from an Associated Press photographer. In 2015, he started selling paintings of the Confederate Flag in conjunction with a Florida gunshop that had banned Muslims.
Zimmerman has had a lot of fun with Twitter too. In 2015, he tweeted that Obama was an “ignorant baboon” and also alluded to his shooting of Martin in a tweet about people wanting to hurt him in that the United States understands “how it ended for the last moron that hit me.” Also that year, he retweeted a photo of Martin’s slain body with the text, “Z-Man is a one man army.” Staying busy that year, he tweeted topless photos of a woman he claimed was an ex-girlfriend along with her email and physical address.
Still attempting to profit from murderabilia, in 2016, he auctioned the gun he says he shot Martin with and later claimed the winning bid was $250,000.
Now, George Zimmerman is suing Trayvon Martin’s family and others alleging he is the “the victim” of malicious prosecution, abuse of process, civil conspiracy and defamation. Oddly enough, Zimmerman claims he was only prosecuted for the political purpose of “creating racial controversy.” Zimmerman also is also suing prosecutors, the family’s lawyer, Ben Crump, his book publisher, and others involved in the case, claiming he was prosecuted on false evidence. No word on if he’s suing any political cartoonists yet.
Zimmerman’s lawyer is Larry Klayman, a right-wing activist who, like Donald Trump, helped fabricate the birther lie and petitioned to deport President Barack Obama. He has a history of filing unsuccessful lawsuits based on every right-wing crackpot conspiracy theory you can name. Zimmerman hiring this guy is about as insane as Donald Trump hiring Rudy Giuliani. Since I may get in trouble, I might as well do it properly: Larry Klayman is a racist scumbag, too.
Getting off killing an unarmed black teenager, whose only offense was walking at night while wearing a hoodie, isn’t enough for George Zimmerman. He’s attempted to profit off Trayvon Martin’s blood again and again. For the past eight years, he’s been a champion for many of the same people screaming about Jussie Smollett.
There are two things Zimmerman will never be able to wash off: Trayvon’s blood and being a scumbag. If anything, he revels in them.
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