Yes, the Democratic Presidential hopeful field’s #1 pandering jerk and it’s leading shameless demagogue both exploited the birthday of the late Trayvon Martin to engage is race-baiting, false narrative peddling, and near-defamation. Buttigieg and Warren also recently referred to the “murder” of Mike Brown, whom a grand jury and an Obama Justice Department investigation itching to find evidence of a crime both determined had charged the police officer who shot him, and thus was legally killed in self defense. I fault Warren a bit more here, since she is a law professor and knows damn well that both the evidence and the law say that Martin was not the victim of racism and that but for his possession of a legal firearm, it might have been Zimmerman who was killed. Yet Buttigieg’s “white supremacy” buzz-wording is unforgivable, as it literally had nothing to do with the deadly confrontation between a black teen and a Hispanic-American.
I was thinking last night about how I would have loved to see Chuck Todd ask this question:
For Mayor Buttigieg and Senator Warren: both of you are well educated and presumably well-informed. How do you explain, then, your recent statements falsely suggesting that Mike Brown was murdered by a police officer, though both a grand jury and the Obama Justice Department determined this was not the case and no charges were brought, and more recently, stating that Trayvon Martin was a victim of racism and white supremacy, when a jury found his killer, a Hispanic man, not guilty by reason of self defense? Aren’t such statements deliberate efforts to promote racial hatred using false narratives in order to pander to specific voting blocs? How do you justify doing this?
George Zimmerman has filed defamation lawsuits against Buttigieg and Warren over the tweets, seeking $265 million in damages. I doubt the suits will get to court: he is a public figure, and their tweets slyly didn’t mention him by name. They probably lack enough specificity to sustain a defamation suit, though there is nobody but Zimmerman who was responsible for Martin’s death, other than Martin himself.