Astounded. That’s the only way to describe CNN’s Chris Cuomo after he entered the delusional world of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin. The reaction manifested itself throughout the interview as Zimmerman put on a performance notable for its lack of remorse and an excess of a sense of persecution. He refused to express regret for taking another life. And he continued his side-eye-worthy refrain that he, too, was a victim the night he killed an unarmed teenager.
The depths of the delusion came to the fore at the end of the sit-down when Cuomo asked what Zimmerman wanted to do with the rest of his life. After all, between numerous run-ins with police and an ill-advised flirtation with a “celebrity” boxing match, the former neighborhood-watch volunteer seems rudderless. That Zimmerman wants to become a lawyer because he was the victim of a “miscarriage of justice” and sees himself being used as a scapegoat by the president and the attorney general show how delusional he is.
Cuomo: What do you want to do with your life?
Zimmerman: Good. I’d like to professionally be, continue my education, and hopefully become an attorney. I think that’s the best way to stop the miscarriage of justice that happened to me from happening to someone else. I don’t think it should happen to anyone else ever again. Not one person.
Cuomo: What was the miscarriage of justice?
Zimmerman: The fact that two law enforcement entities stated that I had acted within the laws of our nation in self defense.
Cuomo: You don’t think it was about the law?
Zimmerman: I know it wasn’t. Yes.
Cuomo: And what does that make you?
Zimmerman: Like a scapegoat.
Cuomo: A scapegoat for?
Zimmerman: The government, the president, the attorney general.
Cuomo: They would be scapegoating you why? Just to show that they are taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?
Zimmerman: I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they’re thinking it. All I know is they’re doing it. I don’t know what agenda they have.
And then there was this at the very end of the interview:
Cuomo: People are angry, George. They’re angry. The case wound up being seen as a metaphor for miscarriage of justice. Blacks not receiving the same justice that whites do. Their lives not mattering as much. This case became a metaphor, an example from that. Your face became the face of this is the guy who gets away with killing a black kid. What do you do with that?
Zimmerman: Hope that I’m dispelling those. If it takes one person a day at a time to help them realize that that’s not what this case was about, then that’s what I’ll do.
Zimmerman fails on that hope every time he speaks.
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