Despite virulent pushback in the Twittersphere, CNN aired Chris Cuomo’s interview with George Zimmerman Monday morning on "New Day." During the interview Zimmerman called himself a scapegoat for the political purposes of the "government, the president, the attorney general."
After Zimmerman explained that he intended to pursue a career as an attorney so that he could help ensure that the same injustice that was enacted upon him would not happen to other law-abiding citizens, Cuomo pushed Zimmerman to explain how he believed he was a victim of injustice.
Zimmerman: The fact that two law enforcement entities stated that I acted within the laws of our nation in self-defense.
Cuomo: You don’t think it was about the law?
Zimmerman: I know it wasn’t, yes.
Cuomo: And what does that make you?
Zimmerman: Like a scapegoat.
Cuomo: A scapegoat for...?
Zimmerman: The government, the president, the attorney general.
Cuomo: They would be scapegoating you why? Just to show that they’re taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?
Zimmerman: I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they are thinking it. All I know is that they’re doing it.
At another point in the interview, Zimmerman also insisted that he too was a victim of violence in the situation:
Zimmerman: I certainly was a victim was I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten...
Cuomo: What do you say to people who say you were acting as vigilante?
Zimmerman: I don’t focus on them. I deal with their hatred by loving my supporters more.
Cuomo also asked Zimmerman what he thought about those who were “supporting you for the wrong reason” because “they liked that a young black man had been killed.”
Zimmerman: Equally disgusted with them as I was with those saying negative things about me.
Cuomo followed by asking if any of this ever made him doubt himself. To which Zimmerman answered emphatically no, citing his faith, and stating that in the end God is his only judge.