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Tweets From Trump, Geraldo, Lou Dobbs, Beyonce, More

By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 02:23 PM

Beyonce called for a moment of silence Saturday night during her concert in Nashville, which started about a half-hour after George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but Twitter exploded after the announcement, with thousands of tweets protesting and praising the jury's decision.

Beyonce, saying she'd "like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon," sang the chorus of "I Will Always Love You," with the lights dimmed on stage, reports The New York Daily News, during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour Concert.

But other celebrities — mostly outraged — took to Twitter to voice their dismay at the jury's ruling. A handful of others, though, praised the verdict, including outspoken Republican pundit Ann Coulter, who tweeted the single word "Hallelujah" in response.

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At any rate, hundreds of thousands of tweets were written Saturday night at around 10 p.m., when the verdict was released.

According to Hashtags.org, tweets tagged #TrayvonMartinwere being sent at a rate of approximately 80,000 per hour just after the verdict was announced. Another 80,000 an hour were being sent with #Zimmerman -- including tweets sent by family members, the famous and the non-famous alike following Zimmerman's acquittal by a six-woman jury.

Donald Trump said in his tweet that "Zimmerman is no angel but the lack of evidence and the concept of self-defense, especially in Florida law, gave the jury little other choice."

But Geraldo Rivera was less conciliatory, saying "George Zimmerman is not innocent. He is not guilty. He can still be sued by the Martin family like OJ was sued by the Goldman family."

And former Republican National Chairman Michael Steele tweeted: "Defense Atty:'if George Zimmerman were black, he never would have been charged with a crime' Is he high?"

Fox News' Lou Dobbs, though, tweeted:"Not Guilty: Pres Obama effectively declared support for Zimmerman's Prosecution, now I hope the President declares support of law & order."

Many celebrities were angry over the verdict.

"Had a gun-toting Trayvon Martin stalked an unarmed George Zimmerman, and then shot him to death... DO I EVEN NEED TO COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE?" tweeted moviemaker and author Michael Moore.

Actor Marlon Wayans was angry over the verdict, tweeting: "Black Parents hold your kids at home because apparently killing black children is okay" and "So dogs mean more than blacks do in this country. Mike Vick gets two years and Zimmerman gets off?"

Singer Nicki Minaj added in: "And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica"

And New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz got some attention when he sent a threatening tweet, saying "Thoroughly confused. Zimmerman doesn't last a year before the hood catches up to him," Breitbart.com reported. The tweet has since been taken down.

HBO show host Bill Maher also commented: "This is America waddya expect? The only thing u aren't allowed to kill in an instant is a fetus. Hey Zim, find another hobby now that u won."

But other well-known people were less angry with their tweets, calling for changes to the system and peace.

"Keep Trayvon's family in our prayers," tweeted New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner. "Deeply unsatisfying verdict. Trial by jury is our only choice in a democracy."

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And Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker called for change, tweeting "We can keep working 4 a society where walking in ur neighborhood isn't a death sentence." and "We must mourn the unnecessary & unjust death of a child, but to honor him we must rededicate ourselves to the very ideals that were violated."

Actress Olivia Wilde tweeted that the verdict "has to be a call to action. We must participate in the political process and demand the justice system we ALL deserve."

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