George Zimmerman Slams Trayvon Martin's Parents


George Zimmerman, who shot and killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, recently took aim at the 17-year-old's parents.

Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in 2013 and is currently trying to auction off the gun that he used to kill Trayvon.

"They didn’t raise their son right," Zimmerman told The Daily Beast in an interview published on May 17. "He attacked a complete stranger and attempted to kill him."

In 2012, Zimmerman followed Trayvon in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood against the advice of a 911 operator. Trayvon was not violating any laws at the time, though Zimmerman said Trayvon looked suspicious, presumably because he was black and wearing a hoodie.

Zimmerman and Trayvon, who was unarmed, then reportedly got into an altercation and Zimmerman fatally shot the 17-year-old.

"Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin did everything they could to capitalize on her son’s death," Zimmerman added of Trayvon's parents. "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 did not provide any evidence for his alleged intimate knowledge of the Martin family.

In addition to his attempts to auction off the gun that he used to kill Trayvon, Zimmerman has reportedly used his fame to sell paintings on eBay.

"[The gun] is what was used to save my life from a near-death brutal attack by Trayvon Martin," Zimmerman said. "If it was a stick or mace, it’s the one tool I had that prevented Trayvon from killing me."

Zimmerman's non-life threatening injuries reportedly included a bloody nose and cuts on the back of his head.

"Sure, I’m sorry for any parent that has lost a child," Zimmerman added. "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."

Zimmerman said he decided to sell the weapon that killed Trayvon after praying and thinking about it.

During his interview with The Daily Beast, Zimmerman also attacked the media.

"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," Zimmerman said. "However, I’m not afforded that luxury anymore. You guys. The media. The masses. The Fulton-Martin family. They took that from me."

Along with the media and Trayvon's parents, Zimmerman said he does not like the Black Lives Matter movement, which was created after the Trayvon Martin case gained national attention.

After Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, activist Alicia Garza wrote on Facebook: "Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter."

Patrisse Cullers, another activist, turned the posting into "#BlackLivesMatter" and organized protests against the killing of unarmed black people by police.

Ciara Taylor, political director for Dream Defenders, responded to Zimmerman's statements:

I am not a mental health professional, but I think that it is important to note that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and it is clear to me by his actions that George Zimmerman is deeply disturbed and should seek psychological help soon.

The recent actions of George Zimmerman are prime examples of a mental condition affecting the country at large: a heteropatriarchal, white supremacist societal illness that has been permeating and abstracting the moral conscience of the people United States since its foundation.

Zimmerman also explained what he plans to do with the money he makes from the gun auction.

"[The police] would know that George Zimmerman is going to step in and make them richer than they ever dreamed of being," Zimmerman said.

"I would take that money and I would make sure that every law enforcement officer and every single civilian who is affected by the Black Lives Matter fraudulent, violent campaign — those officers, those civilians, their entire families — were made wealthy beyond their wildest imaginations," he added. has been hosting the auction of the gun that Zimmerman used to kill Martin. However, fake bids drove the price up to $65 million. So, now a new listing, with a starting bid of $100,000, requires people to email Zimmerman.

He wrote in the listing: "I recognize the purchaser’s ownership and right to do with the firearm as they wish. The purchaser is guaranteed validity and authenticity of the firearm. A portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Corey’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric."

Zimmerman has not said how he will stop Clinton's First Amendment rights, end Corey’s career, or fight the BLM, which is presumably the Black Lives Matter movement, though BLM also stands for the Bureau of Land Management, a federal law enforcement entity.

"Someone has to do something and I cannot just keep sitting back and saying somebody has to do something," Zimmerman said. "This is for me to contribute and make it a better place."

Zimmerman recently said that the Smithsonian Museum was one of "many" that "expressed interest" in the gun he used to kill the black teen, noted TIME, but the Smithsonian denied that claim on May 12.

"We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums," the Smithsonian wrote on Twitter.

Sources: The Daily Beast, TIME, Smithsonian/Twitter / Photo Credit: Lake Mary, Florida Police via Fox News Latino

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