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Watch George Zimmerman Say Trayvon Martin Shooting Was 'God's Plan': VIDEO


George Zimmerman sat down with Fox News' Sean Hannity for his first interview since allegedly shooting and killing  17-year old Trayvon Martin.

It's a long interview, and I've included it in its entirety AFTER THE JUMP, but here are a few highlights: Zimmerman insists that, contrary to what some people think, he is not a racist — "I'm not a racist and I'm not a murderer," he said; the 28-year old also claims Martin said "you're going to die tonight" before reaching for Zimmerman's gun; and Zimmerman also tells Hannity he doesn't regret the sequence of events that fateful night, including taking his gun with him.

"I feel that it was all God's plan, and for me to second guess it or judge it…" he then trailed off.

Responding to Zimmerman's comments about God, Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, remarked, "We must worship a different God. There is no way that my God wanted George Zimmerman to murder my teenage son."

Watch a snippet of Zimmerman's 'God's plan' remark as well as the entire interview AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. BS rick

    he was told flat out by the police to stay in his car

    end of story right there to any sane jurist

    Posted by: say what | Jul 19, 2012 11:41:29 AM

  2. "No, were you part of the racist jury that acquitted OJ?"

    You mean the jury that included two Whites and one Latino? No. But if I had been a member of that jury I would have voted to convict OJ "The Slasher".

    But like I said, you'd have voted to acquit the murderers of a 13 year old Black boy. You'd do it today.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 19, 2012 11:42:35 AM

  3. The problem with the God's plan idea is that the resulting fatalism applies to anything that might happen, such as his eventual conviction.

    Trials are for the sorting of evidence to get at the truth, not meeting out populist justice.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 19, 2012 11:44:29 AM

  4. "he was told flat out by the police to stay in his car"

    That is not grounds for a murder conviction. Not even close.

    Misdemeanor, at worst.

    And it is not illegal to "follow" somebody, even if you are carrying a gun, which is also entirely legal in Florida.

    Nothing he did leading up to Martin's physical attack on him was a serious violation of the law and therefore he would be perfectly justified in claiming self-defense.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 19, 2012 11:45:38 AM

  5. I wasn't there, so I can only guess that both of them feared for their lives by the time of the confrontation and it became a battle to the death. It is hard however, to dismiss the fact that it never would have happened if the man hadn't improperly pursued the boy in the first place.

    All that being said, and God's plan or not, there is no excuse for the man not to feel sorry that the boy died.

    Posted by: Jacques | Jul 19, 2012 11:47:25 AM

  6. My, who is this young "White Hispanic"?

    A nice conclusion to this story will once again displaying the ridiculousness of a biased and agenda driven main stream media.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Jul 19, 2012 11:50:53 AM

  7. My only thing is this...

    This trial has not yet taken place.

    Why is Zimmerman talking?

    At this stage, isn't that what PR people and lawyers are for?

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jul 19, 2012 11:53:35 AM

  8. Why is "Rick" talking? To spread his hatred of all African-Americans and gay men who aren't sufficiently "manly" in his twisted view.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 19, 2012 11:58:52 AM

  9. Rick is a contrarian troll. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Posted by: endo | Jul 19, 2012 12:04:20 PM

  10. I have not been following this case as closely as others, but I thought the guy that got shot was black and the guy that shot him was white. The person in this video is CLEARLY not white. In fact, his skin color looks the same as President Obama. Were there multiple suspects in the shooting, or did the media make a mistake?

    Posted by: jjh | Jul 19, 2012 12:05:54 PM

  11. I hope that he has the balls to say in front of a jury that he would not have changed anything that happened that night, and the him killing an unarmed teenager was God's plan. That is not a defense, the Christian right doesn't believe me when I say being gay was God's plan!

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 19, 2012 12:09:07 PM

  12. Hey David Ehrenstein,

    How are you? Off topic, but seeing as you have VERY strong opinions on certain topics, what's your opinion of the Jewish practice of mutilating boy's penises which spread to the general 'goy' American population, IMO primarily because the influence of Jewish people in the medical profession? Is it OK to discuss this openly, along with the Jewish aspect, without being shut down and called a bigot and antisemitic?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 19, 2012 12:15:46 PM

  13. Two reactions: 1) Zimmerman has all the stink of a sociopath. His lawyers must be pissing themselves. And 2) I don't believe in Santa and at this point in Towleroad commentary, I don't believe in "Rick." Look at the thread of comments and watch how quickly readers go from Zimmerman to "Rick." I have no fishing metaphors, nor hunting similes, but it's really obvious that we are being relentlessly BAITED. Please stop falling for this.

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Jul 19, 2012 12:16:28 PM

  14. Rick, you are a LIAR. You said "but following people who are in a neighborhood at night and who are unfamiliar to the residents of the neighborhood is standard procedure for virtually all Community Watch organizations."

    That is a lie. Standard procedure for Community Watch organizations is to call the police if you see anything that you think is suspicious and let them handle it. They specifically instruct in their rule book that you are NOT TO FOLLOW and most certainly NOT TO CARRY A WEAPON.

    Posted by: stillmarriedinCA | Jul 19, 2012 12:16:29 PM

  15. Sick, murderous fundamentalist.

    Rick deserves no mentions from this point forward, people.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 19, 2012 12:16:31 PM

  16. This racist bigoted pig make a BIG mistake by appearing on a racist bigoted pig's program on a racist bigoted "news" network.

    an armed man followed an unarmed teenager at night, against the directions of police. he pursued, the teen ran, he continued pursuit, he murdered the teen. whom he was taller and physically bigger than. oh, and armed.

    "stand your ground" would not apply to Zimmerman. it *would*, however, apply to Martin - you're damn right i'd tell a child of mine to fight fight FIGHT a grown adult stranger who pursues them at night, does not identify themselves, and approaches them with apparent malice.

    and any of the commenters on here blaming Trayvon (the usual roster of this site's pathetic cowardly anonymous scumbags) can go die in a car fire.

    a young man is dead, and you're pathetically using his crime to get your rocks off with your trolling. even for you wimpy losers this is a new low.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 19, 2012 12:21:53 PM

  17. Aha -- "Ratbastard" playing the anti-semite card.


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 19, 2012 12:24:42 PM

  18. Troublesome that he would appear on TV to plead his case. It's obvious that there is the 'court of public opinion', but he actually has to go to 'court with a judge and jury'. Odd move.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 19, 2012 12:32:44 PM

  19. Why do people let "Rick" pull their puppet strings? Here's the formula to Rick's comments. If logic and common sense say one thing, then you can be absolutely sure he will say the exact opposite. It's a mathematical certainty.

    These are the relevant facts in the Martin/Zimmerman case.

    Trayvon Martin was visiting his father and walked to a nearby store. He had every right to be where he was, he was committing no crime, and he was unarmed.

    George Zimmerman was a self-appointed watchman for the neighborhood, not an official one. He was armed when it is against the official Neighborhood WATCH rules to carry weapons. When he reported sighting a "suspicious" youth (read: black) in the neighborhood Zimmerman was instructed by the 911 operator to stay in his vehicle. He disregarded those instructions and, despite having no official standing and no uniform, started following a young man while carrying a gun. EVERYTHING that followed, including the death of Trayvon Martin, were a consequence of the actions of George Zimmerman and no one else.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 19, 2012 12:49:05 PM

  20. Amen, Caliban.

    Zimmerman played judge and jury himself - he decided Trayvon was "guilty"

    he followed an unarmed teen. no spin in the world can make him innocent.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 19, 2012 12:59:25 PM

  21. Proof positive that Latinos can be racists. Incidentally, Black people can also be racist. Ignorance knows no color barrier.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Jul 19, 2012 1:05:07 PM

  22. You're going down George, you're going's just a matter of time until a judge and jury find you guilty as charged and you are in the pen for the rest of your hateful life. You are a murderer and everyone knows it.

    Posted by: RxR | Jul 19, 2012 1:31:16 PM

  23. George is innocent. This has been completely blown out of proportion STRICTLY because of Trayvons skin color

    Posted by: Dynex | Jul 19, 2012 1:41:28 PM

  24. This case has truly gotten out of hand and the media is to blame.

    From day 1 the media decided to sensationalize this story for ratings purposes, and soon later they would write the entire narrative of what happened.

    The media showing pictures of Trayvon from like 11 years ago is when I realized what the agenda here was and it's when I tuned out this story, which we will NEVER know all the facts for

    Posted by: Art Smith | Jul 19, 2012 1:43:52 PM

  25. George's brother claimed he wasnt on neighborWatch he was on his way to Target. The NeighborWatch people Where I Live wear a vest and badge indicating they are neighborwatch and not alloweed to carry guns.Lastly if a stranger is following me I will get defensive and scared.

    Posted by: Kim | Jul 19, 2012 1:45:50 PM

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