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Hispanic George Zimmerman Sues Two Presidential Candidates for Calling Him a White Supremacist

George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, listens in court, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

George Zimmerman, the man acquitted for shooting teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense, is suing to claw back some of his reputation.

Zimmerman says Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg unfairly portrayed him on Twitter as guilty and as a white supremacist on what would have been Martin’s 25th birthday on February 5.

Buttigieg labeled Zimmerman a racist and white supremacist:

Warren blamed Martin’s death on racism and not self-defense.

A jury found that Trayvon Martin jumped Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, and slammed him to the ground, bashing his head into the pavement. Martin’s friend said when she spoke with him on the phone he believed Zimmerman might be a gay rapist and got “creeped out.”

Zimmerman is suing the two presidential candidates for $265 million for defaming him.

Newsweek reported:

The lawsuit adds that use of the term “gun violence” is more associated with the “reckless and indiscriminate use of illegally owned firearms” that results in the death of an innocent victim.

The lawsuit also claims the tweets defame Zimmerman by suggesting his actions were a result of white supremacy or racism, or that he acted out of “fear” because of Martin’s skin color.

“The only ‘fear’ Zimmerman experienced, as established in the 2013 trial and well-covered in the media, was in the context of Zimmerman believing he might go unconscious and die from the repeated beating of his head against the sidewalk pavement or by choking to death from the blood going down his throat due to his broken nose during the beating by Martin,” the lawsuit adds.

Both Warren and Buttigieg have been struggling to gain black support this election cycle. Zimmerman thinks invoking the Martin case and referring to racism and white supremacism unfairly smeared him, even though his name wasn’t used.