It seemed like just yesterday when Geraldo Rivera put his foot in his mouth in 2012, in regards to Trayvon Martin’s untimely death at the hands of George Zimmerman, saying, “If he had taken that damn hood off his head, if he and Zimmerman had only spoken…don’t you think that could have avoided this awful tragedy?” And let us not forget this amazing gem he tweeted, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.”
In the light of Zimmerman’s run-ins with the law lately, it seems Geraldo is changing his tune. After broadcasting the live arraignment, following Zimmerman’s arrest earlier this week, Geraldo’s opinion of Zimmerman shifted. “How much of this acting out now is a function of the trauma he went through in that event, and how much of this person was present the night Trayvon Martin lost his life? “Given the weight of the evidence, the judge was prudent in this case. He was not at all punitive to George Zimmerman. He could have hit him with a much higher bail. He could kept him with no bail because of the risk of violence to this woman.”
Geraldo. Sir. Stand up so you can sit back down. You claimed Trayvon was a thug who could have avoided murder if he considered changing his wardrobe, but you think Zimmerman deserves punishment for threatening the woman who was foolish enough to date him? And according to reports, those threats may not even be real!?
Geraldo continues, “My basic reaction is that this man is hanging by a string. I think that he is a borderline psychotic at this point. [Zimmerman is] a person who has so immersed himself in the gun culture…He was lionized by many–by some at least–as a hero, he has no clear direction in his life… I think he’s a very, very dangerous person and he could hurt this woman,” Rivera then went on to blame the trial and media spectacle for Zimmerman’s behavior, speculating that Zimmerman might be traumatized from the events of the past three years. Traumatized?! Seriously. That’s why Zimmerman is acting out?
Zimmerman’s history of domestic violence isn’t new news. Many people, myself included, think that his ridiculous history of domestic abuse as evidence of his attraction to “crime” is similar to OJ Simpson’s. OJ also got away with murder, then did everything he could to pay for his crimes without being called a murderer.
Zimmerman’s bail was set at $9,000, he was ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device and stay at least 1,500 feet away from the residence where the domestic incident occurred with his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe. The judge declared he would be denied the use of guns until the issue is resolved. Too bad the judge didn’t decide to deny his use of guns after murdering an unarmed teenager who was simply walking home. SMH.