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Republicans No Better Than Obama on Trayvon

With President Obama leading the way, Republican presidential candidates fell into line last week in prejudging the case of Trayvon Martin, offering up sympathy for Trayvon that suggested they do not believe his killer acted in legitimate self defense as claimed.

Evincing either a spineless willingness to blow with the prevailing wind or a lack of presidential-caliber prudence, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all suggested they agree that Trayvon’s shooter, George Zimmerman, is culpable in the killing of an innocent man.

This even as new evidence emerges that Zimmerman may be telling the truth. From today’s Orlando Sentinel:

With a single punch, Trayvon Martin decked the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who eventually shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, then Trayvon climbed on top of George Zimmerman and slammed his head into the sidewalk several times, leaving him bloody and battered, authorities have revealed to the Orlando Sentinel.

That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say . . .

In his version of events, he had turned around and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from behind, the two exchanged words then Trayvon punched him in the nose, sending him to the ground, and began beating him . . .

Trayvon was visiting his father’s fiancée, who lived there. He had been suspended from school in Miami after being found with an empty marijuana baggie.

Romney Friday indicated sympathy for Trayvon similar to that offered earlier in the day by Obama, who had said Trayvon looked the way his son would have.

“The shooting of Trayvon is a terrible tragedy unnecessary uncalled for and inexplicable at this point,” Romney said. “What we’ve heard from the media reports suggest that it’s entirely appropriate for the district attorney to be looking into this and to have called a grand jury and find what the facts are. We hope that justice is done in this case as in all cases. But very tragic and our hearts go out to his family his loved ones his friends this shouldn’t have happened.”

Santorum suggested prosecutors should have gone after Zimmerman, even though he did not yet have the facts about why they didn’t.

“It’s a horrible case, I mean it’s chilling to hear what happened, and of course the fact that law enforcement didn’t immediately go after and prosecute this case is another chilling example of horrible decisions made by people in this process.”

Gingrich spoke along the same lines.

“As I understand it, (Zimmerman) was trailing the young man. The young man wasn’t trailing him. I suspect justice will be done,” Gingrich said.

“I think that Americans can recognize that while this is a tragedy, and it is a tragedy, that we’re going to relentlessly seek justice. And I think that’s the right thing to do,” he said, adding  “you had somebody who was clearly overreaching” by following Trayvon.

The job of a leader is to stand athwart the crowd – in this case a kind of lynch mob – and call for calm, reason, and justice. None of these three passed the test.

Zimmerman may be guilty of a crime. We’ll know that after a trial. We have no idea whether he’s guilty right now, and at least one of these three should have said so.

61 Responses to Republicans No Better Than Obama on Trayvon

  1. Everyone is still afraid of being called the “R:” word – RACIST! Sheesh!

    My only question about the entire case is what happened after the 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman to stop following Trayon. How did the two of them end up on the ground in an apparent fist fight?

    Obama is still the ‘Big Loser’ – he is the POTUS and never should have weighed in on this! We all know where he’s coming from!

      • Zimmerman was going back to his vehicle after the dispatcher told him not to follow. According to one witness Treyvon came up behind Zimmerman and punched him, knocking him to the ground. There are 6 witnesses according to the original police report I read. Names have been redacted.

  2. This whole event is tragic, and only made worse by the fact that just about every single person in politics is using it for personal gain. Why can’t people just calm down and let the process work? The case is already before a grand jury as the process requires. Are we supposed to go back to the good ol’ days of trial by mob?

    • Adding to the tragedy – three of the four candidates felt compelled to weight in (Ron Paul is not so much a candidate as an irritant). They’re all D’s-Demogogues. I don’t expect change in November no matter who is elected.

    • This is what we get when we have an administration that encourages class warfare. We get class warfare. The facts don’t matter to many people. If they see an opportunity to rage against the other class, they will take it. We have not seen the last, or the worst of this, I’m afraid.

  3. This is just another manufactured crisis that the Dems are using to further the divide in the US and to further their plans to un-arm all of us. The Repubs allow the Dems to set the conversation and are the worst for it.

    If a GrandJury decides not to indict, we will see riots that will put the RodneyKing riots to shame. If they indict, and MrZimmerman is found NotGuilty, ditto the above.

    IMO, the reason this incident became the Dem’s crime of the decade is because they assumed, at first, that MrZimmerman was White and Jewish.
    When his ethnicity was revealed as Hispanic, he became the first “WhiteHispanic” in America.
    MrMartin’s background was hidden, and instead of using current photos that he, himself, posted on Facebook, his family use photos of a much younger child.
    While neither backgrounds are really relevant to what happened, it was inflated to the point of absudity; Black youth with skittles, WhiteHispanic with gun, so…..”hate crime”.

  4. It has been shameless
    There isn’t a single talking head or politician out there who doesn’t cringe when discussing Race Relations (well, except every single Democrat, Progressive and Establishment Media figure)

    BTW, have you noticed how Trayvon seems to be regressing in age in the past few days? We’ll see him in grade-school next…but never a sonagram
    The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin

  5. I don’t understand why the information about Zimmerman wasn’t released earlier. The media and politicians have created a lynch mob that won’t be happy with any sentence but the death penalty.

  6. I was a Santorum supporter until I saw him dogpile onto this like all the other Polititwits! The only Presidential candidate who hasn’t hopped on this steaming pile is Ron Paul whom I’ll send money to and support from today on…

  7. The politicians need to understand that they do not have to have something to say about every issue that is put before them. This situation in particular. There are lots of people killed every day whether innocent or justified. Are the politicos going to comment about every one of them? No? Then shut up about this one.

  8. The sad and scary thing is – forces in this country have convinced a grieving Mother that “They killed my son and now they’re trying to kill his reputation.”
    “They” killed her son
    Zimmermann didn’t, “They” did.
    The Gestation of Hate

  9. Can I ask where the Florida Attorney General is OR the US Justice Department (ok, I crack myself up sometimes too!)

    The New Black Panther Party has a $10,000 BOUNTY “Wanted Dead or Alive” out on Mr. Zimmerman. Are Bounties and mob justice LEGAL in
    Florida? Where are the US RICO statutes on this? Why aren’t the bank accounts of the NBPP frozen for interstate conspiracy? Where is Mr. Zimmerman’s own attorney…screaming to the media for 24/7 Federal protection for his client and family (the NBPP published the Zimmerman address). Where are Florida, Federal, and even Obama on the vigilante justice being threatened against Zimmerman (I know, GZ doesn’t “look” like he could be Obama’s son, so…)?

    I fear this will not end well. And the original, election day 2008 coddling of the NBPP by AG Eric “My People” Holder will come back to bite Obama and the Dems…and just to keep things in “perspective” Martins’ mom, a
    Ms. Fulton, has copyrighted several differerent variation on “Justice for Treyvon.”. What mom doesn’t thing of trademarks at a time like this?

  10. Yes–“clearly overreaching”–“acted stupidly”–aw, the son I could have had—how about WE DON”T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED BUT I AM GOING TO MAKE SURE WE FIND OUT. Now, I might add–we may never know. Or if we find out, it won’t matter–everyone will be off and running.

    As for the hoodie, for my money, Unabomb already trashed that as a fashion statement.

  11. my question, Keith, is why is this a story now? How many of you knew that today is the one month anniversary of the event? It happened Feb 26th. But last week it became national news. Three weeks, nothing. Now, it’s a major event and most of the facts you point out were known before the story hit the fan but the story was written a certain way.

    I think this is all a media attempt to create white guilt for the fall election to help Obama.

    barkleypontree.blogspot.com

    • Good questions.
      There won’t be any “white guilt” in this incident.
      I haven’t seen any White people marching or protesting yet.
      If the comments I read on many blogs are any indication of the mood, it’s that White people are “mad as h*ll” and aren’t going to take it anymore. Dangerous times are ahead.

      • Yes.
        But these dangerous times are an absolutely unnecessary fabrication of the Left
        “Jim Crow”??
        What??
        I wonder if Elders who lived through Jim Crow slap these comparisons in the mouth pretty quickly at Thanksgiving when the younger generation complains about the interest on student loans.
        If anyone listens to them anyway.

    • Because the left needs to divert our attention away from all the despicable, unconstitutional policies that this administration is implementing and if they can add fuel to the fire (by playing the race card) to divide the country even more as they drag us down the road to total destruction, so much the better (in their opinion). Never let a crisis (real or manufactured) go to waste!

  12. Why all the outrage now when this young man’s unfortunate death happened a month ago? My guess is this is all part of the leftist play book. Just waiting for the right incident to activate the race baiters and media drones. At the time of this tragic incident, the war on women was in full bloom. My guess is the war on women was losing steam so on to a new game plan – the race war.

    In case nobody is watching the other hand, oral arguments on Obamacare were heard in the Supreme Court today. Looks like the administration was unsuccessful in using the 1867 Anti-Injunction Act to toss out the case. The government’s premise being the mandate is a tax so it can’t be litigated against until 2014 when it goes into effect. See how easily this administration changes tunes? Now it is a tax, even after Stefalufagus read the definition of tax to the algae King and he swore up and down it wasn’t a tax.

    Tomorrow will be a big day – the constitutionality of the mandate will be argued. Just to bring it down to the basics – if the Obamacare mandate is found constitutional, it is game over for freedom and liberty in America.

  13. Blame democrats and republicans all you want; I say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: the mother of the victim has filed applications to trademark her son’s name. the two phrases she wants: “I Am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon.” Look for the $9.99 hoodie at a protest near you. So much for the grieving mother. Tawana Brawley must be getting a good laugh out of Al Sharpton’s jump to defend anyone black before seeing if the facts are in order. This case stinks from top to bottom.

    • I was curious and found this 2007 article on Twana Brawley.

      http://www.nydailynews.com/news/20-years-tawana-brawley-turned-back-article-1.258639

      “She changed her name, converted to Islam, moved south and got a bullmastiff “trained to bite” in case someone unwanted comes to visit.”

      Her mother and stepfather, ‘King and Brawley insist no white man has ever been convicted of raping a black woman and they say Tawana, who has been accused of not ever telling her story, will speak if the file is opened.”

      And so the beat goes on.

      • Many people have converted to Islam and changed a Christian name to a Muslim name. Lew Alcindor(Kareem) Cassius Clay(Muhammad) to name a couple. How many Muslim’s have converted to a Christian faith and also changed their name? I can think of only one of any significance who has not, Guess Who. Not the band but you know who.

  14. The MSM have all been using the photo of Treyvon from his middle school. The hoodie picture has been PhotoShoped. Not one picture of him without his shirt flipping signs as I saw yesterday. The police report has 6 witnesses listed who support Zimmerman’s story. None of the candidates or Obama should have made any statement other than we need to see the full investigation before making judgements. Now we have Spike Lee tweeting Zimmerman’s home address, New Black Panther making wanted dead or above bounty rewards. Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, Holder, Obama, Romney, Santorum and Newt are all complicate in fanning the flames. If Zimmerman were to be charged, there is no way he can receive a fair trial. I have serious doubts based on what I have read that he did anything chargeable. Bad judgement yes, criminal no.

  15. I am gobsmacked to hear this was a month ago–this was NEVER mentioned in all the blather. Plenty of time to cobble up a better lie–come on, media, you are slipping!

  16. And you never heard Obama mention that it happened a month ago….even though it had been reported on the news. Something is definitely rotten in Denmark….l

  17. You are correct Keith. Just an example of reaction to news stories before they’re born out due to the incredibly short news cycle…back in the day, this would have played out in step with the investigation…those were the days!

  18. As I’ve stated before 300,000,000 plus of us were not there during the fateful encounter between the two individuals. Therefore I or we cannot judge what occurred based on news reports.
    And why does it seem that Florida seems to always be shed in a dismal light?

    • Florida is not NewYork or California. So….like the rest of flyover country they’re likely to be religious, conservative, don’t think that gays should get married or that the government should take their hard-earned money to give to lay-abouts.

      Lots of cranky old people, big Cuban community that loves America and a Repub Governor.

  19. The “good news” is that Obama just lost a chunk of hispanic voters. They didn’t know they were white until a black person was shot.

  20. “The job of a leader is to stand athwart the crowd – in this case a kind of lynch mob – and call for calm, reason, and justice. None of these three passed the test.” Amen, brother. All three canddates you named, including my choice, failed the test and showed a profound lack of wisdom.