George Zimmerman's Exclusive Full Interview With Sean Hannity 7/18/2012





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Published on Jul 19, 2012

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Wednesday, George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Florida teen Trayvon Martin, gave an exclusive interview to Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity. Also sitting down for the interview was Zimmerman's attorney Mark O'Mara.

In the first part of the interview, Zimmerman discussed what he calls a "tragic" situation in recounting the night of the shooting.

Zimmerman first described the incident that spurred him to become a community watchman, saying, "In August of 2011, there was a home invasion. A young lady was home with her nine-month-old baby, and they broke in her sliding glass door. She barricaded herself in the upstairs bedroom, and my wife was home by herself. She saw the people that burglarized her run through our backyard with their belongings. Even though my wife wasn't certain what happened, that was enough to scare her, shake her up. I promised her I would do what I could to keep her safe."

Zimmerman revealed that he carried a weapon with him at all times, except when he was at work, and contended that he had never heard of the Stand Your Ground law until after the shooting.

He described the evening of the shooting and what made him believe that Trayvon Martin was suspicious, saying, "I felt he was suspicious because it was raining, he was in between houses, cutting in between houses, and he was walking very leisurely for the weather." Zimmerman went onto say that Martin didn't appear as though he were a resident checking his mail or a fitness fanatic who was outside for exercise.

He further said that he felt threatened by Martin's "confrontational" body language from the get-go.

Zimmerman went onto further detail the evening of the shooting, saying that after Martin asked him what his problem was, he reached for his phone to call 911. When he looked up, Martin punched him, breaking his nose. Zimmerman said that he ended up on the ground and Martin "started bashing my head into the concrete sidewalk." He said that once Martin stopped hitting his head on the concrete, Martin tried to suffocate him.

George Zimmerman revealed that he was unaware that he had shot Trayvon Martin and explained what followed the shooting. He said, "He sat up and said something to the effect of you got it, or you got me."

Zimmerman then discussed his regrets and whether he would do anything differently, saying, "I feel that it was all God's plan..."

He expressed his sorrow for Trayvon Martin's family and said he would be open to talking with them at some point, saying, "I can't imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily

In conclusion, Zimmerman reacted to how the media has made this story about race, saying, "I don't think it's fair that they rush to judgment." He also addressed Trayvon Martin's family and the American public about the case, professing, "I do wish that there was something, anything, that I could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where I had to take his life."

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Sky D
He's a hero for killing that trayvon martin thug. george needs to sue the martin family for everything that happened to him between being assaulted and being put in a holding cell and having to go to trial. They should be in debt to george for the rest of their lives for raising a thug son who ruined this good man's life
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Jessica Jancetic
Zimmerman is an asshole (since the case he has proven that..) but he is clearly not white. He's Hispanic. The media race baited this case terribly, I.e showing pictures of Trayvon at age 12... Then the pictures of the gun, grills and weed come out. It was a tragedy and the outcome is a shame on both ends if you think of it from a non biased point of view. CNN even edited Zimmerman's 911 calls to make it sound like "he's coming at me! He's black!" Which if you look at the real versions the dispatchers ask him the race of the individual. It is tragic that Trayvon died so young, I however do not like how the media blew up this case with race baiting, including calling Zimmerman a white man, which he clearly is not.
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I thought this guy was supposed to be white??? Man there was alot of political football in the media about this case. Didn't NBC get caught splicing and dicing the 911 recordings and airbrushing the pic of the back of Zimmerman's head? Whole thing is sad, it seems there are people in America who want to create and maintain racial tensions. 
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Thatgirl Sarah
Trayvon Martin was a relentless wannabe thug. He deserved what he got.
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Andrew Young
Like america; trying to make a racist thing straight away...Looking at the evidence he acted in self defence.
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Tia Bella
This is a tragedy that should have never happened. The most George Zimmerman should have been armed with was a Tazer.
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Hans S.
This whole issue is very simple. One man is a hardworking man who serves his community, one is a wanna-be gang banger with a violent and drug fueled past. Gang banger swung on the wrong guy. End of story.  How many peoples lives have possibly be spared because of this incident? How many times has a criminal stopped and thought better of robbing or assaulting someone because they don't know if they are armed. I would shake this mans hand with great respect. Zimmerman is the hero.
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Mark Miller
Now there's a pair, GZ and Hannity. GZ could shoot an old lady and Hannity would defend him. 2nd amendment rights don't apply to violent criminals. Hopefully, his ground to stand will be 10x10.
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Darrell Gomez
Self defense agianst those racist blacks. Stupid ass liberals can shut up now bunch of pussies
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self defense all day long 
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