George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted of the death of black teen Trayvon Martin in 2013, has filed a $265 million lawsuit against two Democratic Party presidential candidates.
Seven years after Zimmerman was acquitted of the crime based on scientific evidence that Martin actually attacked him and was on top of Zimmerman bashing his head into the pavement when Zimmerman shot and killed him, candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg attempted to race bait at Zimmerman’s expense to garner black voters.
According to the lawsuit filed by attorney Larry Klayman in Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit Court, the politicians’ statements constitute defamation.
“Plaintiff George Zimmerman (“Zimmerman”) brings this action against Pete Buttigieg (“Buttigieg”) and Elizabeth Warren (“Warren”) in their individual capacities for defamation with actual malice or at a minimum a reckless disregard for the truth,” the lawsuit says.
“Both Defendant Buttigieg and Defendant Warren individually defamed and disparaged Plaintiff Zimmerman in separate postings on their Twitter accounts on February 5, 2020,” it said. “Defendant Buttigieg and Defendant Warren defamed Zimmerman for political gain in misguided and malicious attempts to bolster their standings amongst African-American voters, all at Zimmerman’s expense.”
The suit hammers Buttigieg, noting that he has a “well-documented lack of electoral support for his candidacy amongst African American voters in polling. It claims that he has been criticized during his campaign for a “sharp rise” in the arrests of black South Bend residents during his tenure as mayor, along with a controversial firing and demotion of a black police chief, and for using the slogan “all lives matter” in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Warren’s campaign, the suit claims, “lacks significant African-American support, which she has stated she is seeking to support her candidacy which appears to be fading from its previous popularity.”
Zimmerman’s attorneys posit that he was the target of malicious Tweets from Warren and Buttigieg because they were desperate to pander to black voters.
The Tweets to which Zimmerman objects were both written on Feb. 5, Martin’s birthday.
Buttigieg said that Martin’s life was “stolen from us by white supremacy.”
Notably, Zimmerman is Hispanic.
But he was described by the news media, CNN particularly, as a “white Hispanic,” which was a novel term seemingly made up to further the racial narrative of the alleged crime.
In response to a Tweet by political commentator Frederick Joseph, Warren posted the following Tweet:
Sybrina Fulton is Martin’s mother.
That Tweet garnered close to 9,000 Retweets and almost 22,000 Likes.
“Defendants, each of them, jointly and severally, and individually, acted with actual malice when they tweeted the defamatory statements because they knew or had reason to know that what they published was false or entertained serious doubts as to the truth of what they published,” the lawsuit says.
Zimmerman is demanding a jury trial.
He previously sued Martin’s family, the prosecutor in his case, and a book publishing company for $100 million on similar grounds.
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