George Zimmerman went characteristically unhinged in a Wednesday morning court hearing, calling Black Lives Matter a “terrorist” group and criticizing the man questioning him for giving “credence” to Black Lives Matter by calling it a “movement.”
Zimmerman appeared in a Florida court this week to testify in his defense in the road rage trial of Matthew Apperson, who shot at Zimmerman’s passing truck last year.
The infamously frenzied Zimmerman first gained his notoriety after shooting and killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager, in Sanford, Florida, in 2012, a murder for which Zimmerman ended up seeing no jail time under Florida’s notoriously open “self defense” laws.
Video of Wednesday morning’s court hearing provided to the public by Central Florida news station WESH 2 News features a not clearly identified man questioning Zimmerman about Black Lives Matter.
The line of questioning was reportedly designed to reveal if Zimmerman’s unsurprising hatred of the BLM group had in some way provoked the 2015 shooting.
After Zimmerman was initially questioned about whether or not the Black Lives Matter movement had kicked off with Martin’s murder, the longtime face of vigilante violence went reservedly nuts at the very mention of the group.
With what can only be described as the most arrogant voice he could muster, Zimmerman responded with “First of all they are terrorists, it’s not a movement as you have said now.”
Zimmerman went on to interrupt his questioner a second time, saying “I don’t believe Black Lives Matter is a movement, sir, they’re terrorist cowards.”
Zimmerman never gives any sort of justification for his curiously and arbitrarily vapid remarks. A simple Google search reveals the one of the Oxford Dictionary’s definitions for movement as “a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas.”
So how is Black Lives Matter “not a movement” again? Of course, it is, and it is a movement based on the real problem of African Americans accounting for twice the percentage of those killed by police as would fit, considering their proportion of the general population.
Zimmerman, however — like most if not all of those who share his viewpoint — has a personal interest in blasting Black Lives Matter, since in some way, at least to his own considerations, denigrating BLM vouches for his own goodness in having shot and killed an unarmed black teenager who was “threatening him.”
Watch the relevant clip of the trial below via WESH 2 News.
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