"Well, what we don't understand -- I think I agree with -- I think some of us don't understand this... Like why is it that some on the right are actually taking this up as a cause when as the National Review said almost immediately after it happened, 'This has nothing to do with gun rights. This has nothing to do with the Second Amendment. This has nothing to do with Stand Your Ground laws. This has nothing to do with the NRA. This has everything to do with a guy that's trying to play security cop who was unhinged, who chased down and shot a 17-year-old kid, armed with Skittles and iced tea.'"Now, I know this man used to be a U.S. congressman so expectations should be low whenever he opens his mouth, but this is beyond stupid and offensive. And if George Zimmerman is never convicted of anything, it's also slanderous and actionable in a court of law.
What evidence does Scarborough have that George Zimmerman is or was "unhinged"? What evidence does he have that he "chased down and shot a 17-year-old kid"? As opposed to being sucker-punched, knocked to the ground, jumped upon shot in self defense?
There is evidence that somebody punched George Zimmerman in the nose. There is evidence that he has a wound on the back of his head consistent with his claim that he was knocked to the ground. There are apparently, according to police, eyewitnesses who put Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman while Zimmerman screamed out for help.
But Joe Scarborough knows better, he and his MSNBC colleagues, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O'Donnell, Martin Bashir, et al. They assert as facts, things they have NO real idea about. They've attached themselves to a narrative that is getting less and less plausible as each day passes.
It's gotten to the point where Bashir showed a new video today that is supposed to show how uninjured Zimmerman was that night and suddenly, it clearly shows a nasty gash on the back of Zimmerman's head. What does Bashir do? He simply ignores it! Pretends it isn't there!
Check it out here. The shot of Zimmerman's head wound is clearly visible at right around the 3 minute mark. And the Bashir and his reporter continue to talk as if Zimmerman doesn't have a mark on him. It's astonishing!
It is incredibly likely that that crime scene photos were taken that night. Ballistics will tell investigators the the angle of the shot that killed Trayvon Martin and whether it is consistent or inconsistent with Zimmerman's story.
But there simply isn't enough evidence in the public square to definitely say the sort of things people like Scarborough are bloviating about. Reasonable people can and should ask questions about what happened that night. But any conclusions such as those drawn by Scarborough are ridiculously, ludicrously premature.
Read Bob Somerby's accounts of the ridiculous Bashir and the rest of these babbling fools. (Just keep scrolling.)
Scarborough blames "far right" wingers for the controversy and ignores the shameful behavior and conclusion jumping of his colleagues.
He says the trashing of Trayvon Martin is "disgusting" and "beneath contempt" and "shameful" by people "on the right" and "far right."
It is quite wrong to assume that because Trayvon Martin because he was suspended from school and may have taken a toke or two or was otherwise an imperfect 17-year-old deserved to die that night.
But if Scarborough wants shameful and disgusting he ought to just listen to himself and cringe.
What is shameful and disgusting is declaring a man guilty of a crime on national TV before he's ever been charged with anything.
Scarborough confidently predicts that Zimmerman's defenders "will look foolish in the end."
Maybe. But Scarborough looks foolish RIGHT NOW. Actually, he looks worse than foolish. He looks maliciously stupid. He better hope Zimmerman is found guilty of something. If not he should find himself in court and/or out of a job.
Disgusting, shameful and beneath contempt well sum up Scarborough's conduct in this matter. He is far from alone.