- Posted April 13, 2012 by
West Hollywood, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
Pat Buchanan still smearing Trayvon Martin
Pat Buchanan’s latest round of excuses for George Zimmerman reinforces Buchanan’s reputation as one of the most divisive voices in politics.
Entitled ‘Obama’s Zimmerman Problem,’ Buchanan’s screed appears in the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune Review – the only publication shameless enough to print Buchanan’s dishonest smears.
Buchanan writes with the firmness of an eyewitness privy to information apparently unavailable to both the original Sanford investigator – who asked, in vain, for Zimmerman to face charges – and to the team that took over after the initial investigation fizzled.
Buchanan justifies Trayvon’s killing by reasoning Zimmerman “saw a tall stranger, hooded and acting suspiciously.”
No one, not even Zimmerman, has yet specified exactly what Trayvon did that was suspicious – aside from talking on the phone to a girlfriend, carrying Skittles and iced tea, and minding his own business while walking to his father’s home.
For Buchanan, just “being black” is equitable with “acting suspiciously,” but that kind of discrimination will not help an affirmative defense against Corey’s affidavit accusing Zimmerman of profiling.
Lost on Buchanan is the perspective of what Trayvon saw: “a stocky stranger, armed with a gun, following him for no reason.” Nothing ‘suspicious’ about that, of course: the armed stranger wasn’t black.
After helpfully informing readers that tall unarmed kids are more suspicious than their armed stalkers, Buchanan explains the notorious 911 call in which Zimmerman infamously ignored the dispatcher’s advice to leave Trayvon alone.
Buchanan clarifies that Zimmerman did not use the racial slur “’(bleeping) coons’ during the call – he said ‘(bleeping) cold.’”
That’s not true: enhanced audio by two voice experts showed that Zimmerman probably said “(bleeping) punks.” If Buchanan wanted to absolve Zimmerman of racism, he needed put lies about cold weather in Zimmerman’s mouth. A simple web search reveals it was over 60 degrees in Sanford on the tragic night.
Buchanan claims two witnesses saw Trayvon beating up a “screaming” Zimmerman. Buchanan seems to be exaggerating the report of a witness who saw the fatal wrestling match. He ignores the young dog-walker who saw part of the confrontation and noted that Zimmerman wasn’t hurt. This account was backed up two others – including the woman in whose yard Trayvon died.
She declared with conviction that not only was Zimmerman’s voice not the voice of the boy she heard fighting for his life and screaming before gunshots silenced him, but also Zimmerman wasn’t bloodied or battered. Voice experts who concluded that the chilling screams for help on the 911 call’s were not Zimmerman’s voice supported her certainty.
Buchanan mentions none of this in his noxious narrative. Instead, he marvels about Trayvon being found face down: “If Zimmerman had been on top and shot him, would not Trayvon have been found on his back?”
Good question, Pat, since no killer has ever moved a body.
A related question: if Zimmerman had been on bottom, why was there no blood on him moments later?
But Buchanan continues: “Why would Zimmerman, with a holstered gun to protect himself, close with and start a fistfight with a teenager half a head taller?”
Let’s ask the other victims in Zimmerman’s history of brutality, including multiple arrests for domestic violence and assault, and a termination for aggressive behavior.
A better question: why would Trayvon, who told his girlfriend he was being followed before running in fright, for no reason and with intent to kill attack the armed stalker who outweighed him yards away from his father’s home?
Most people feel this scenario defies common sense, but Buchanan describes that skepticism a “political problem” for President Obama.
But just as the bigot appeal of Buchanan’s 1992 campaign helped lose that election for George H.W. Bush, the right’s concerted effort to smear Trayvon Martin is a political problem for Mitt Romney.