Rocker-turned-conservative commentator Ted Nugent is continuing to push his assertion that last month’s “not guilty” verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial was the correct one, and that Zimmerman is still a victim in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death.
In an interview that aired on Saturday with Joe Pags on the syndicated program “The Weekend” (follow on Twitter here and “Like” on Facebook here), Nugent caught the attention of some left-wing storefronts when he made the suggestion in their view that Martin had gotten what he deserved.
Nugent was responding to planned protests over his stance on the verdict before a concert scheduled for Tuesday at New Haven, Conn. He said his views of the incident are backed by a police investigation and a jury.
“I’m merely repeating the conclusion of the hugest investigative armt in the history of the court system,” Nugent said. “Both the FBI and the Department of Justice and the entire Florida investigative resources were brought to the maximum effect and efficiency when they concluded what the jury concluded: that George Zimmerman defended himself against a vicious life-threatening attack by a — I use the terms that came from the forensic evidence, ‘a dope-smoking gangsta wannabe.’”
“I mean, everybody knows it’s true,” he continued. “And ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you might want to write this down — Trayvon got justice. George Zimmerman got a sliver of justice, even though he was bankrupted and now he’s being targeted by what appears to be Barack Obama and Eric Holder’s best friends, the Black Panthers. I mean, stop and think for a minute, Joe. The president of the United States and the top law enforcement official of the United States of America sides with the Black Panthers? Are you kidding me?”
Nugent said he and his family had received numerous death threats for his controversial opinions, and he challenged those issuing those threats to check his itinerary on his website, TedNugent.com.
He maintained that despite the wishes of those planning to protest him at his concert in Connecticut, he would not be having a moment of silence for Martin and said the “real racists” were Martin and others allied against Zimmerman in the wake of the verdict.
“No, we will not have a moment of silence for Trayvon because Trayvon was a criminal gangster who attacked a good man doing neighborhood watch services for his neighborhood,” Nugent said. “George Zimmerman did nothing wrong. Nothing! He did not profile. He is not a racist. The real profiler and the real racist here, and again it breaks my heart, is Trayvon Martin and Jesse Jackson and Al ‘Not So’ Sharpton, the attorney general, the president and all the Black Panthers. This is a tragedy, Joe. And it hurts to even have to admit this, but it is the truth.”