Zimmerman claims he initially wanted to keep the gun for his future children and grandchildren but said he came to the decision to sell the gun after praying. “It took me several weeks to think about it,” Zimmerman said.
It’s what the forefathers would do, he surmised.
And it’s an opportune moment to make an extra $100,000 after everyone f-rom Martin’s family to the Black Lives Matter movement forced him into a life on the run without a job.
“If I have to live my life and if I have to go about my business as a normal person, then I would do that. However, I’m not afforded that luxury anymore,” he said. “You guys. The media. The masses. The Fulton-Martin family. They took that f-rom me.”
Zimmerman hates the movement he helped cre-ate above all: Black Lives Matter.
He detests the fact that his senseless killing of Martin and the subsequent high-profile police shootings of unarmed black men and children in Ferguson, Cleveland, and elsewhe-re have emboldened the movement to seek justice whe-re it doesn’t exist yet. For him, it’s the police officers who were wronged, the dutiful men and women in blue who are the victims.
On July 13, 2013, when Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder, Alicia Garza, an Oakland-based activist, took to Facebook to write: “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter, Black Lives Matter.”
Patrisse Cullors, another activist in the area, turned the phrase into a hashtag that went on to organize mass protests over the killing of black men by police f-rom Ferguson to Baltimore.
Ciara Taylor, political director for Dream Defenders, an activist group that mobilized after Martin’s death, condemned Zimmerman’s actions.
“I am not a mental health professional, but I think that it is important to note that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and it is clear to me by his actions that George Zimmerman is deeply disturbed and should seek psychological help soon,” Taylor told The Daily Beast.
“The recent actions of George Zimmerman are prime examples of a mental condition affecting the country at large: a heteropatriarchal, white supremacist societal illness that has been permeating and abstracting the moral conscience of the people United States since its foundation.”
The wannabe cop who was playing neighborhood watch when he killed Martin now makes himself out to be a hero for law enforcement under siege by black protesters.
His fascination with police officers and laudatory praise for all they do traces back to his own aspirations to join the force. Zimmerman applied to be a police officer in Virginia, whe-re he lived before moving to Florida. He ended up serving as the neighborhood watch coordinator for the Retreat at Twin Lakes, a gated community in Sanford whe-re Martin was temporarily staying in 2012.
It was the police who first validated his self-defense claims, releasing him without c-harges after taking him into custody. And now Zimmerman wants to protect the lives of the people who believed in him—police officers across the country hoping to combat renegade violent protesters.
“They would know that George Zimmerman is going to step in and make them richer than they ever dreamed of being,” he valiantly claimed.
“I would take that money and I would make sure that every law enforcement officer and every single civilian who is affected by the Black Lives Matter fraudulent, violent campaign—those officers, those civilians, their entire families—were made wealthy beyond their wildest imaginations,” he said.
In the past week, UnitedGunGroup.com, which hosted the auction, has been overrun by trolls like “Racist McShootface” bidding outlandish amounts like $65 million for the gun. The newest listing on the same site asks for a starting bid of $100,000 and provides an email address for Zimmerman, meant to screen fake offers.
As for the final sale price, Zimmerman said he wants the gun to “be worth as much as possible.”
“One of the firmest offers I have with verified assets is $100,000,” he claimed. “There isn’t a set amount.”
It doesn’t matter to him who gets the gun, as long as they pay up and are lawfully licensed. (The buyer will have to pass a background check).
“I recognize the purchaser’s ownership and right to do with the firearm as they wish,” Zimmerman wrote in his auction posting. “The purchaser is guaranteed validity and authenticity of the firearm. A portion of the proceeds will be used to: fight BLM violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Corey’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric.”
Corey is the state’s attorney who prosecuted Zimmerman for second-degree murder and is being challenged for her position this year. She did not respond to a request for comment.
Clinton has received the endorsement of Martin’s mother, with whom she has appeared at various campaign events, and will speak at an event hosted by the Trayvon Martin Foundation this month. Clinton’s campaign did not comment on Zimmerman’s specific grievances with her candidacy—he referred to her campaign in the interview as a “crusade to crucify America”—but instead pointed to a recent tweet f-rom Clinton’s account.
“It has nothing to do with her presidential campaign,” Zimmerman explained. “It’s about her as an individual. It doesn’t matter if she was running for president or if she was running her own used car lot, which I think she’s still unqualified for.”
The Hillary hate doesn’t necessarily mean Zimmerman will vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, who once said the shooter might not make it to heaven that quickly as a result of his actions.
“I would have to do a lot of homework before I decide to endorse him,” Zimmerman said. Yet he “will do whatever it takes to dispel [Clinton’s] lies and disrupt the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The auction and the story of his life is about Zimmerman as a victim, if he could tell it his way. He has suffered; not Martin’s family. He’s in the right, not the president and the Department of Justice. He is looking for a page in the history books and a chance to control his legacy, not another foray into the spotlight and some extra cash.
“Someone has to do something and I cannot just keep sitting back and saying somebody has to do something,” Zimmerman said of the United States he thinks is broken.
“This is for me to contribute and make it a better place.”