George Zimmerman Sues Buttigieg And Warren Over Trayvon Martin Tweets

Feb 20, 2020

In this Sept. 13, 2016 file photo, George Zimmerman smiles as he testifies in a Seminole County courtroom in Orlando, Fla. Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of an unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, has filed a lawsuit, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, against the teens' parents, family attorney and prosecutors who tried his case, claiming they coached a witness to give false testimony. (Red Huber/Orlando Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

George Zimmerman is suing Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizbeth Warren for defamation over tweets they posted about Trayvon Martin, according to court documents. 

Zimmerman filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking $265 million. He's claiming that both Buttigieg and Warren defamed him in tweets they posted on Feb. 5th, which would have been Trayvon Martin's 25th birthday.

In the lawsuit, Zimmerman accuses the candidates of damaging his reputation in order to quote “bolster their standings amongst African-American voters.”

Buttigieg’s tweet reads, “Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today. How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear? #BlackLivesMatter.”

Part of Warren’s tweet about Martin reads “...He should still be with us today. We need to end gun violence and racism…”

Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.. He claimed it was a case of self defense.

Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder in 2013.

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