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July 14, 2013 - 12:37 pm

A Republican congressman said the case of George Zimmerman won’t go away anytime soon because “there are moral dimensions beyond the case that obviously we have to come to grips with.”

On ABC’s This Week, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said it’s “very hard” to keep the legal and moral debates over Trayvon Martin’s death separated.

“I mean, this is a tragedy that should have never happened. I mean, clearly Zimmerman should never have gotten in that car, shouldn’t have had a gun, shouldn’t have been out. The police advised him to stay home,” Cole said.

“But what we don’t know is what happened in the actual encounter. And I think that’s what the jury struggled with. I think they were trying to determine what happened. There’s a reasonable doubt here, which is a pretty high standard,” he added, noting “we’ll be talking about this case for a long time to come.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said he saw “plenty of reasonable doubts” in the second-degree murder case and “at least from all that I watched, it seemed to me it was an accurate verdict.”

“It’s still a very serious set of problems that exist, and I agree with some of the commentators before, that we need to look at these matters a lot more carefully,” Hatch said.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said on CNN’s State of the Union that “a very thoughtful case was made by each side, the jurors made the decision, and we will live with that.”

“And although, you know, there maybe people on either side of this that don’t agree with how it came out, the fact is that we have the best judicial system in the world and we respect it,” Perry said.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said on Fox News Sunday that Zimmerman shouldn’t have been prosecuted.

“And my sympathy goes out also to the Martin family and the Zimmerman family for this ordeal that they’ve been through,” he said. “The evidence didn’t support prosecution, and the Justice Department engaged in this, the president engaged in this and turned it into a political issue that should have been handled exclusively with law and order.”

“So, I regret that this all happened. I’m sorry that it was turned into a race issue by the media. And otherwise, it would have been tried or not tried, depending on the laws and the language that was there. This is unfortunate.”

 

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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'“I mean, this is a tragedy that should have never happened. I mean, clearly Zimmerman should never have gotten in that car'

Because leaving your home and traveling to Target to purchase some groceries are crimes.

'shouldn’t have had a gun'

So much for the 2nd Amendment.

'shouldn’t have been out.'

Because a 'white Hispanic' leaving his house at night is a crime, but it is not a crime for an African-American to do the same. Gotcha, idjit.


'The police advised him to stay home'

The police advised him of no such thing.

Tom Cole, proving once again why the GOP is correctly called the Stupid Party.
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-- I mean, clearly Zimmerman should never have gotten in that car, shouldn’t have had a gun, shouldn’t have been out. The police advised him to stay home,” Cole said.--

That's sarcasm, right?
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On ABC’s This Week, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said it’s “very hard” to keep the legal and moral debates over Trayvon Martin’s death separated.

“I mean, this is a tragedy that should have never happened. I mean, clearly Zimmerman should never have gotten in that car, shouldn’t have had a gun, shouldn’t have been out. The police advised him to stay home,” Cole said.

What an idiot Cole is! Zimmerman was going to Target - he should have stayed home and just not had a lunch to take to work? WHY, asphole? He had a CCW permit and was lawfully carrying. Nobody advised him to stay home OR to stay in his truck. When they did advise him that "following" was not needed, he stopped. There is not one scintilla of evidence to the contrary.

When even the Republicans are so stupid as to venture their uninformed opinions without bothering to check the facts, I despair we will ever get the country straightened out. There is a dumbass majority out there, and they have learned to vote, and common sense is out of fashion.
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"It's better to remain siilent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubts!" Abraham Lincoln
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Oh, and Steele...if he were any more of a joke, he would be in sharpie on a truck stop bathroom stall....Make that 1 out of 4.

Remember BEGHAZI!
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Cole is as stoopid as a football bat, Hatch is riding the fence, as usual, trying to decide which side will give him the best advantage, and Steve King is the ONLY one of the group who is right on the facts and has the ba!!s to say so...I would say that 1 out of 3 aint bad, but it is bad. As much as we rail against the commie dems, we also have plenty of "republicans" to deal with as well.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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This is why we have primaries.
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Yes, Rep. Cole is correct...we'll be talking about this case for a long time to come. But I'm pretty sure we won't be talking about the evidence or the law or the burden of proof necessary to convict.

No, instead we'll be talking about the injustice done by not convicting a virtual white man who everyone knew - even before it went to trial ! - was obviously guilty as sin. We'll be talking about it because it fits the narrative of a corrupt process that needs the corrupted advocacy of the professional race hustlers, the prejudiced study and critique of the academic race hustlers and the manipulative herding call of the politician race hustlers to keep the flame burning...without end.
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Why is it, despite all the news coverage and attempts at presenting a fairly accurate scenario of what occurred - true, one has to read more than one account or view more than one news report - that the pundits and politians cannot for the life of themselves give a decent account of what happened?

It is beyond me! No wonder we get such lousy representation and laws and regulations. The people are products of our society and education system? God, help us!
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You know, as much as we despise the democrats for their demagoguery, at least they show some gumption. The GOP is nothing but a bunch of linguini spined pushovers who wouldn't know a winning hand if it was placed in their paws and the opposition disappeared. "shouldn't have had a gun?" You guys are supposed to be defending the Constitution and the second amendment. Wimps, nothing but ball-less, spineless wimps. We'd get stiffer body from a pan of melted velveeta than these fools.
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One thing is certain, we'll be talking about Tome Cole's stupidity for a long time to come.
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'“I mean, this is a tragedy that should have never happened. I mean, clearly Zimmerman should never have gotten in that car'

Because leaving your home and traveling to Target to purchase some groceries are crimes.

'shouldn’t have had a gun'

So much for the 2nd Amendment.

'shouldn’t have been out.'

Because a 'white Hispanic' leaving his house at night is a crime, but it is not a crime for an African-American to do the same. Gotcha, idjit.


'The police advised him to stay home'

The police advised him of no such thing.

Tom Cole, proving once again why the GOP is correctly called the Stupid Party.
40 weeks ago
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-- I mean, clearly Zimmerman should never have gotten in that car, shouldn’t have had a gun, shouldn’t have been out. The police advised him to stay home,” Cole said.--

That's sarcasm, right?
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Sadly, no.
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Egad, that guy is an idiot.
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