Robert Zimmerman Jr.: George Zimmerman’s brother is on a Twitter rampage
The brother of George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is burning up his Twitter account in defense of his brother, who is set to stand trial for murder.
Robert Zimmerman Jr. already has an active Twitter account, but his most recent tweets have been controversial, to say the least, including a side-by-side photo that compares Martin to De’Marquise Kareem Elkins, a 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting a 1-year-old child during a botched robbery. In the photos, each teen is seen flashing their middle finger at the camera.
“A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?” a message displayed over the tweeted photos reads.
Robert Zimmerman, Jr. is furiously tweeting to people who call his brother’s innocence into question or claim the shooting was racially motivated. The main theme of Zimmerman’s most recent tweets is that the media and prosecutors are the ones making race an issue, but that the evidence indicates otherwise.
Some of his tweets, like one that suggests “people think blacks might be risky,” have set off a firestorm of angry tweets from followers, to which Zimmerman is consistently responding.
“4those who call me ‘racist’- were U just as outraged by suggestion that anyone who owns a gun is a murderer?” Zimmerman asked, along with a photo of accused killers, including his brother, James Holmes, Jared Loughner and Virgina Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho. He also promised that the “unraveling of the mythology is almost here.”
The tweeting frenzy comes as George Zimmerman awaits trial on second-degree murder charges, expected to begin on June 10. On February 5, a judge denied the request to delay the trial. Zimmerman has maintained his innocence since he was charged, claiming he shot Martin to death in self-defense after the teen attacked him, breaking his nose and smashing his head on the ground. Photos of bloody wounds on the back of Zimmerman’s head surfaced in December 2012.
The case has ignited protests around the country and put Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law under a microscope.