Zimmerman's Brother Stirs Uproar With Profane Tweet

He compares Trayvon Martin to accused baby killer

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 25, 2013 4:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – George Zimmerman's brother reopened old wounds yesterday by comparing Trayvon Martin to the alleged killer of a 13-month-old baby, Huffington Post reports. Robert Zimmerman tweeted photos of De'Marquis Elkins—accused of shooting a baby in its stroller last week—and Martin, each flipping the middle finger. "A picture speaks a thousand words," reads text with the photos. "Any questions?" Robert's brother George is facing murder charges for killing Martin in a murky confrontation that gripped the nation last year.

Robert's tweet aroused a mix of support and antagonism. In one exchange:

  • "Liberal media will ultimately blame whites," posted Matt. Robert replied, "And canonize blacks by referring 2them as victims. The media should have pushed back on the unproven."
Dame J. Diva was less impressed:
  • "But I do know that I have never killed anybody, and I have taken fun pictures with middle fingers. As a minority," she wrote. Robert tweeted back, "The issue is: the media skirted the existence of those pictures.They cast TM in a child-like light and my bro as a villain."
One of Robert's more recent tweets:
  • "I'm 100% certain if TM succeeded in disarming GZ, he would've killed him. Then we would have another 17yr old murderer &I'd have a dead bro."
See his Twitter account here.

A pair of photos tweeted by Robert Zimmerman yesterday.   (Twitter)
Robert Zimmerman Jr., center, brother of George Zimmerman leaves the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center after a bond hearing, Friday, June 29, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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