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George Zimmerman's father says Trayvon Martin threatened to kill his son

The father of the man who and killed Trayvon Martin says Martin threated to kill his son.

In an interview with the Fox affiliate in Orlando, Robert Zimmerman, the father of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager, says Martin confronted his son.

"Trayvon Martin got on top of him and started beating him in his face, in his nose, hitting his head on the concrete," said Robert Zimmerman, 64.  

"Trayvon Martin said something to the effect of 'you’re going to die now' or 'you're gonna die tonight' -- something to that effect," Robert Zimmerman continued.  "He continued to beat George, and at some point George pulled his pistol and did what he did."

George Zimmerman, however, appeared uninjured in a police surveillance video taken in the Sanford police station after Martin was shot dead.  Robert Zimmerman says he has not seen the video, but admits his son was "not given any medical attention." 


Robert Zimmerman, a former magistrate judge and Vietnam War veteran, also said he "never foresaw so much hate coming from the president, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP."

"Every organization imaginable is trying to get notoriety or profit from this in, in some way," said the elder Zimmerman, apparently feeding the right-wing talking points of how this is being politicized by the left.   

Here's a video of the president's remarks.  Where's the hate in that Mr. Zimmerman?

Ed will have extended reaction to the Robert Zimmerman interview tonight on The Ed Show at 8pET on MSNBC!