Reporter Says Robert Zimmerman ‘Agreed’ His Tweets About Trayvon Were ‘Racist In Nature’

In the run-up to George Zimmerman‘s trial for the murder of refreshment-toting teenager Trayvon Martin, the defendant’s brother came under fire for a series of racist tweets comparing the victim with a murder suspect, and positing that people have good reason to think that “blacks might b risky.”

At an otherwise predictable press conference Monday morning, a reporter prefaced a question for Robert Zimmerman, Jr., by saying that she and Zimmerman had “discussed and agreed” that the tweets were “racist in nature.”

“I asked you yesterday, and I’m asking again,” the reporter said. “Do you find that during the trial, when you let out your own Twitters that were, as we discussed and agreed, were racist in nature, aren’t you fueling the fire?”

To be fair, Zimmerman’s tweets weren’t just racist in nature, they were racist in captivity, or in any other setting. In case you missed it, in late March, Zimmerman, Jr. repeatedly tweeted a photo comparison of Trayvon Martin and De’Marquise Elkins, the 17 year-old who has been detained in the murder of a Georgia infant. Both pictures feature the young men flipping the middle finger at the camera, with the caption “A picture speaks a thousand words…Any questions?”

He also posted several tweets that explicitly made the point that “blacks” are worthy of others’ fear, including one that read “Lib media shld ask if what these2 black teens did 2 a woman&baby is the reason ppl think blacks mightB risky,” and another which said “POTUS spoke of his Mom acting like a “typical” white woman when encountering blacks. The fate of Sherry West might B why.”

For several days thereafter, Zimmerman tried to reframe his racist tweets as media criticism (whilebasking in the support of fellow twitterers), before finally issuing an apology of sorts, tweeting “I’m sincerely sorry my tweet offended many – I made a serious error in judgment abt the way it wld convey & understand why it is offensive.”

When pressed about the tweets today, though, Zimmerman denied having agreed they were racist, telling the reporter “I did not discuss, nor agree, to that.”

For what it’s worth, his brother’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, pretty much did. In a March interview with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, O’Brien pressed O’Mara about the tweets. “I thought what he was saying was, like, here’s one black thug, here’s another black thug,” Soledad said, “one of them being Trayvon Martin, and let’s connect the two of them when actually in real life they’re just connected because they’re both teenage boys and they’re both black.”

O’Mara agreed. “The only real connection we know about is they have black skin, and they have middle fingers,” he said, adding “Not the connection to make in a very, very serious conversation.”

Asked if he was worried about the effects of Robert’s tweets, O’Mara said “Certainly, when a family member from my client says something that comes across as insensitive, if not much, much worse, is going to have an effect, and now we have to deal with it.”

Also noteworthy, from today’s press conference, was a moment of artifice from Zimmerman. Just as he was about to blast the press for “putting its own spin on what they want the narrative to be,” Zimmerman began by telling reporters that “I think it’s important to a lot of people who support the family that they have a front row seat.”

“They don’t trust the media, and I think, rightfully so,” Robert continued, adding “They think that…”

He paused, with an odd smile, and corrected his own carefully-constructed narrative. “They have learned that the media is very good at putting their own spin on what they want the narrative to be.”

Here’s the clip, from MSNBC:

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