Four years after he killed Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is continuing making headlines off of the situation.
In an interview with The Daily Beast this week, Zimmerman made it clear he has no remorse about shooting Trayvon Martin to death in Sanford, Florida, and bears outright hostility for the parents whose son he took away forever.
“They didn’t raise their son right. He attacked a complete stranger and attempted to kill him,” Zimmerman said of Martin. He then added, “Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did everything they could to capitalize on her son’s death. She was never a mother figure to him. Tracy Martin couldn’t have cared less about their son. He treated him like a dog without a leash.”
Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Martin. He claimed it was self-defense and that he was protecting himself. He is now auctioning off the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm pistol he used that fateful night.
“It is what was used to save my life from a near-death brutal attack by Trayvon Martin,” Zimmerman said of the gun. “If it was a stick or mace, it’s the one tool I had that prevented Trayvon from killing me.”
A person who goes by the name “Racist McShootface” pranked the auction by bidding an outlandish $65 million, but Zimmerman says he now has a firm offer with verified assets for $100,000, which is listed as the starting bid.
Zimmerman listed the firearm as a piece of “American history” and says that some of the proceeds will be used to help fight “BlackLivesMatter” and support himself, as he is now unemployed. He claims Black Lives Matter supporters and Trayvon’s family forced him to turn to life on the run without a job.
“If I have to live my life and if I have to go about my business as a normal person, then I would do that. However, I’m not afforded that luxury anymore,” he said. “You guys. The media. The masses. The Fulton-Martin family. They took that from me.”
When asked if he considers how Martin’s family feels about him requesting $100,000 for the gun he used to kill their son, Zimmerman called them bad parents.
“Sure, I’m sorry for any parent that has lost a child,” Zimmerman said. “That being said, I also believe it’s their duty to have an internal dialogue to see what they should have done better and what they should have done appropriately.”
Since Zimmerman’s acquittal in the death of Martin, he’s had several run-ins with the law, including a felony aggravated assault charge after his girlfriend alleged that he pointed a shotgun at her. She later dropped the charges.
Zimmerman reiterates that he is a victim and has to do something about the state of the country, stating,”Someone has to do something and I cannot just keep sitting back and saying somebody has to do something.”