In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Florida, the man who killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense in 2012 accused Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of “maliciously defam[ing]” Mr. Zimmerman, using the killing “as a pretext to demagogue and falsely brand Zimmerman as a white supremacist and racist to their millions of Twitter followers.”
H/T: The Washington Times
“The obvious intent of Buttigieg and Warren's Tweets is alleged race baiting, in an attempt to draw African American votes during this Democrat presidential primary season,” Attorney Larry Klayman said in an announcement on his website.
Read the tweets by Warren and Buttigieg that were sent out to their millions of combined followers below.
My heart goes out to @SybrinaFulton and Trayvon's family and friends. He should still be with us today.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 6, 2020
We need to end gun violence and racism. And we need to build a world where all of our children—especially young Black boys—can grow up safe and free. https://t.co/9lXXlRnvzL
Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 5, 2020
How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear?#BlackLivesMatter
Upon the filing of the lawsuit for his client, Klayman stated that Buttigieg and Warren are using “despicable race tactics” that are not only harming his client, “but also are damaging relations between black and white Americans who are all brothers.”
George Zimmerman sues Dem Candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren for defamatory tweets:https://t.co/uR9e7l0dzq— Joel Gilbert (@JoelSGilbert) February 18, 2020
Klayman's announcement cites the film, The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud That Divided America, saying it “provides incontrovertible evidence that Zimmerman was allegedly framed by the fake witness, and that witness fraud is the subject of a lawsuit filed in December 2019.”
In the documentary, filmmaker Joel Gilbert claims to have discovered that the key witness in the trial of George Zimmerman, Rachel Jeantel, was lying.
Watch a trailer for the film below.
Read the full complaint below.