George Zimmerman, the man who famously shot Trayvon Martin in 2012, is suing presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for defamation and malice.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, argues that Buttigieg and Warren portrayed Zimmerman as a “white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers.”
Buttigieg and Warren both posted messages this week honoring what would have been Martin’s 25th birthday.
“How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?” wrote Buttigieg.
“We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children – especially young Black boys – can grow up safe and free,” wrote Warren.
Zimmerman was working as a security guard for a gated community in Sanford, Florida when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense. The incident was widely portrayed as a hate crime because the shooter was white and armed and the victim was black and unarmed.
“The obvious intent of Buttigieg and Warren’s tweets is alleged race baiting, in an attempt to draw African American votes during this Democrat presidential primary season,” argues Zimmerman’s attorney, Larry Klayman. “Both defendants…are alleged in the complaint to have acted with actual malice, as it is widely known that Zimmerman was acquitted of murder based on self-defense.”
As noted in the suit, Buttigieg and Warren have both struggled to gain support from black voters.
“It is high time that the cheap and harmful use of the race card by politicians of all stripes be made to cease and desist,” continues Klayman. “Their despicable ‘race tactics’ are not only causing great harm to persons such as my client…but also are damaging relations between black and white Americans who are all brothers.”
Zimmerman’s lawsuit seeks $265 million for the “loss of good will and reputation.”
Author’s Note: Larry Klayman used to be known as the crazy guy who sued everybody (we’re talking hundreds of lawsuits). Then he started winning lawsuits and now everyone is scared of him. We can expect Zimmerman to get a handsome settlement for this.