Geraldo Rivera hasn’t learned his lesson about demonizing Trayvon Martin as a thug because he wore a hoodie the night he was murdered. He went on the O’Reilly Factor and blasted the victim once again saying the 7-Eleven tape shows Trayvon Martin dressed in “that thug wear.”
“The marijuana is probably a lot less powerful than the surveillance video at the 7/11,” Geraldo Rivera told Bill O’Reilly, and went on to say that the video shows that Martin was “dressed in that thug wear– look at the size of him, he’s not a little kid.” He also found the burden on the defense easier than the prosecution saying “if this young man was a stranger to George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin looks just like people who had been burglarizing and victimizing that neighborhood for the past 6 months.” Nice try Geraldo, but that’s called racial profiling, as Bill O’Reilly accurately pointed out, though he was quick to add he was “playing Devil’s advocate.”
Rivera opined profiling based on “a reasonable comparison” was fair, and that the prosecution would have a problem since George Zimmerman had been overcharged “based on the enormous pressure she was under from every civil rights activist in the United States, including the President.” Bill O’Reilly concluded that Zimmerman could have been “looking for action… he wants to be Inspector Clouseau” after Rivera said both men could have been trying “to do the right thing.” I wonder how Geraldo Rivera would feel if this had happened to an illegal immigrant from Mexico or if that was one of his sons?
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