Just hours after a Virginia TV news crew were shot and killed on-air, George Zimmerman made controversial remarks about the attack on Twitter.
The 31-year-old, who was acquitted of murder in the fatal shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, called Vester Lee Flanagan, the man who shot reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward, a “pansy” and accused President Obama of being a racist who will say “nothing condemning.”
“Pansy Fester (sic) lee Flanagan, too much of a daisy to deal w/racism. Murders 2 whites. Hate crime, 100%. Racist Obama says nothing condeming (sic),” Mr. Zimmerman tweeted.
A few hours later, Mr. Zimmerman tweeted two photos of Ms. Parker and Mr. Ward with the caption “White woman & man get murdered by Black P.O.S. 8 hours later B. Hussein Obama the divider still says NOTHING.”
He also retweeted a post from one of his followers: “@TherealGeorgeZ should run the USA. He acknowledges racial bias and disparity in the media because he experience (sic) it!”
Mr. Zimmerman made headlines in 2012 after he shot and killed unarmed Mr. Martin, 17, in Sanford Florida. He was acquitted of the second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in July 2013.
Recently Mr. Zimmerman teamed up with a Florida gun salesman Andy Hallinan who banned Muslims from his store and shooting range in Florida last month. Mr. Zimmerman painted an image of the Confederate flag for Mr. Hallinan and an image of the painting serves as Mr. Zimmerman’s twitter avatar.
On Wednesday morning, Mr. Flanagan, an ex-WDBJ employee, murdered Ms. Parker and Mr. Ward as they were shooting a live broadcast from Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Va. Mr. Flanagan then fled the scene and was later cornered by police on I-66. He shot himself and later died in hospital.
In a 23-page fax sent to ABC news, Mr. Flanagan wrote that the killing of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, in June prompted him to buy a gun and kill the two reporters in retaliation for racism and harassment he had experienced as a gay black man.