George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin's shooter, was interviewed by conservative right-wing FOX pundit Sean Hannity yesterday, along with Zimmerman's lawyer. It's highly unusual for a suspect in a high-profile murder case to be interviewed on live TV.
In the past, Zimmerman has made a public apology to Trayvon's parents. Well, not really an apology, since he didn't express regret for his action. He said, "I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son." That's the sort of thing an acquaintance would say to the grieving parents upon meeting them in the hallway. There's no "I'm sorry I killed him" in there anywhere.
But tonight he was much more defiant and tried to distance himself from any decision-making leading to the shooting. He said "it was God's plan" that the shooting happened, that he regretted nothing, and, at the end, stated, "I do wish there was something, anything I could have done that would have put me in the position where I didn’t have to take his life. And I do want to tell everyone…that I’m sorry that this happened.”
Here's a revealing clip:
Here's a revealing clip:
Interesting. Apparently he doesn't feel he had a choice about arming himself that night. He feels it was "God's plan" that he defy the advice of 911 and get out of his car, stalking the teen through the apartment complex. Apparently he does not regret shooting to death an unarmed 17-year old. These are choices that most people would not have made. I'd say that the other choices are "something, anything" that he could have done to keep from being in the "position where he didn't have to take a life."
Zimmerman said in the interview, "I feel that it was all God's plan. And for me to second guess it, or judge it, um... " [here he shakes his head]
After the interview, Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, issued a statement: "We must worship a different God, because there’s no way my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my son.”
Hannity asked Zimmerman, "Is there anything you would have done differently, in retrospect, now that time has passed a little bit?"
"No sir," Zimmerman said, shaking his head.
Really?? If I had to kill someone in what I felt was self-defense, I would be incredibly remorseful, particularly if it were an unarmed teenager, and I would be second-guessing every step that led to it. Even if my attacker were a giant of a man with a felony murder record, blasting an assault rifle at me, I'd still be questioning the steps that led me to be in the situation.
But not George Zimmerman, a man who used his wife to hide money from the court, who mayhave been preparing to leave the country while on bail, who is accused of molesting his cousin as a child, and who has had a number of previous violent behavior incidents, including with police and his ex-fiáncée. He said, "I'm sorry that this happened." But is he, really?
UPDATE (7/20/12): A statement from Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton:
"I think it's absolutely ridiculous. God did not have a plan for Trayvon to die and for George Zimmerman to shoot Trayvon for no reason," she told CNN's Soledad O'Brien on Thursday.