Zimmerman's Brother: I Would Give Trayvon's Parents a Hug

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 03:28 AM

By Greg Richter

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George Zimmerman's family has expressed its condolences to the family of Trayvon Martin, the teenager killed when Zimmerman shot him during an altercation in February 2012, but he would do so again if he met them in person, said Zimmerman's brother, Robert.
 
"If I ran into Sybrina or Tracy I would give them a hug. I would express my condolences to them," Robert Zimmerman said. "I'm inclined to believe George would do the same thing."
 
Robert Zimmerman appeared on "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" Monday night after a whirlwind of TV appearances following the acquittal of his brother on second-degree murder charges in Martin's death.
 
But he didn't have the same warm feelings for the Martin family's attorneys, Benjamin Crump and Natalie Jackson.
 
"These things that surround Sabrina and Tracy, Mr. Crump, Ms. Jackson, who I think really exploited very pure grief, and other race profiteers like the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson . . . I wouldn't give them a hug. But Sybrina lost her son. And so did Tracy."
 
Asked why this case became a national obsession when so many killings happen in the United States every day, Robert Zimmerman blamed what he called "race profiteers."
 
Some observers called the case racially motivated, though George Zimmerman denied it, and said he shot Martin only after he attacked him and threatened to kill him.
 
"Those other cases are not profitable," Robert Zimmerman said. "The race profiteers, they have a business model, they have a script. The Crumps, Jessie Jacksons, Al Sharptons, Ben Jealouses of the world. They have to promote racism in order to see that they don't become obsolete."
 
Martin was black. George Zimmerman originally was called white, but when it was learned that he is half Hispanic, The New York Times described him as "white Hispanic."
 
Robert Zimmerman said that the tension his family went through during the trial is over, but his brother has changed forever.
 
"Whenever I look at George I'm always going to see, and he's always going to have to live with, just as anyone who had to take someone's life, they have to carry that burden with them for the rest of their life now," he said.
 
Robert Zimmerman said state attorney Angela Corey's calling George a "murderer" earlier Monday, even though he was found not guilty, was "Outrageous. Wildly inappropriate.
 
"It seems that that woman will stop at no end to continue to trash George," he said.

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