George Zimmerman’s father Robert appeared on tonight’s Hannity show. Mr. Zimmerman is not the most eloquent of speakers and Sean Hannity is not the most probing of questioners. But the father of the man who shot Trayvon Martin made it clear that he believes his son did nothing to directly antagonize the African American teen, save surveillance. Robert Zimmerman says his son was walking back to his car (after searching for a house number to report his location to the police) when Martin approached him. “You got a problem?” Martin allegedly asked George Zimmerman. “No,” the neighborhood watch captain supposedly replied. “Well you do now,” Martin said, according to Robert Zimmerman. And then . . .
Trayvon Martin punched George Zimmerman in the nose, beginning the assault that led to Martin’s death at the business end of George Zimmerman’s KelTec PF9. In other words, Robert Zimmerman insists that his son George did not initiate the fight—a critical component for any self-defense legal defense.
The Zimmerman family lawyers also confirmed reports that George had tutored African American children on the weekends, for what that’s worth. Given the race baiting that’s propelled the Martin shooting onto the national stage, and the media’s desire to flame the fires of race hatred, nothing much.