George Zimmerman Sticks To His 'I Was The Victim' Story On 'CNN New Day'
Even though he is a free man (much to the general public's chagrin), George Zimmerman insists on convincing us all that he was the victim in the Trayvon Martin case. In an interview with CNN's "New Day" -- his first interview since the trial -- he talks about how much his life has changed since Trayvon Martin, the public's perception of him and wishing he stayed home that night because it would've made his life "easier." Here's a snippet of the transcript:
Chris Cuomo: Do you regret that you killed Trayvon Martin?
George Zimmerman: Um, unfortunately the Department of Justice is conducting a civil rights investigation, so those are the types of questions that because of the investigation, I have to tread lightly and I can’t answer them.
Cuomo: Do you regret that night? Do you have regrets about it?
Zimmerman: Certainly I think about that night, I think my life would be tremendously easier if I had stayed home.
Cuomo: If you could go back, you would've stayed home that night.
Zimmerman: Certainly, yes, in hindsight? Absolutely.
Cuomo: And now as a point of clarification, you said "my life would be so much easier." When you say "I wish I had stayed home that night," are you thinking about you and also Trayvon Martin.
Zimmerman: Certainly I think about them, uh him. I think about my family. All the families that have been put in any type of dangerous situation. So yes, I think about everybody involved.
Cuomo: But safe to say, if you could change how that night came out, you would both be alive today?
Zimmerman: I think that’s just a different way of rephrasing it.
Cuomo: If you could go back and do it again, you had said, "I would have stayed home that night."
Zimmerman: I would stay home.
Cuomo: So that both of you would still be alive today.
Zimmerman: That’s a presumption I can’t make, I don’t know what would have happened. I could have gotten in a car accident when I left, you know?
Cuomo: But you wouldn't have wound up killing Trayvon Martin if you had your way?
Zimmerman: He probably wouldn’t have ended up attacking me either if I would have stayed home. I know
Cuomo: His family. Do you think about his family? Is that true?
Zimmerman: Certainly, yes.
Cuomo: Because people will want to know that right? Coming out of this situation, they haven't heard you say, "I feel for his family."
Zimmerman: I appreciate the opportunity and I would hope that they had seen that at the bond hearing, I did address that.
Cuomo: It's different in court.
Zimmerman: Oh, sure, but I was just simply stating that I did address it. It’s - because another misconception is that I’ve never apologized. I’ve never reached out to the family. Would I like to? Certainly.
Cuomo: What would you say?
Zimmerman: You know? I would say exactly what I said on the stand, that I’m sorry for their loss and I – just exactly what I said on the stand mostly
Cuomo: Thoughts about the victim, Trayvon Martin. The victim was Trayvon Martin, you know that.
Zimmerman: No, I certainly was a victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten, I wouldn’t say I was not a victim.
Yup, he's serious. Instead of getting away with murder quietly, Zimmerman continues to embark on his publicity streak, selling paintings, signing up for "celebrity" boxing matches and granting woe-is-me TV interviews. Watch the full "New Day" interview below.