The nation watched as George Zimmerman sat down for his first interview since shooting Trayvon Martin on Feb 26. In the exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Zimmerman and his lawyer, Mark O’Mara discussed the events of what happened the night 17-year-old Trayvon was killed in that gated Florida community.
For the interview, Hannity went down to Seminole County, FL where Zimmerman currently resides after being let out on bond for the second time.
Hannity began the interview by simply asking Zimmerman how he feels about what happened. He answered-
“I think it’s a tragic situation. I hope it’s the most difficult thing I’ll ever go through in my life…Looking back on shooting, I haven’t really had the time to reflect on it…tragic situation.”
When it came to the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law Zimmerman said he’d never heard of the law before the shooting.
In case you missed it, here are Zimmerman’s stand out quotes from the interview:
Zimmerman on Trayvon reaching for his waistband- “I thought he was just trying to intimidate me.”
Zimmerman said he said “punks” on the 911 call. “It was clear as day.”
Zimmerman said after he was told not to follow Trayvon he – “walked to meet police officer at his street Retreat View Circle” Going on to say that he didn’t follow Trayvon.
Zimmerman: “As soon as he broke my nose, I started yelling for help…starting slamming head into the concrete.”
Zimmerman: Trayvon Martin “was straddled on me with his full weight and I would try to sit up and push myself down.”
Zimmerman “I was absolutely the one yelling for help.”
Zimmerman: “I’m not a racist and I’m not a murderer.”
Hannity: “Do you regret getting out of the car that night?” Zimmerman”No sir…I feel it was all God’s plan.”
Zimmerman to Trayvon’s parents “I would tell them again, I’m sorry…I am sorry that they buried their child….I pray for them daily.”
Zimmerman: “I think people assumed I was white, because of my last name…English was my second language.”
Zimmerman changes his tune at the end: “I hate to think that my actions have polarized America and I am truly sorry.”
Zimmerman said he regretted nothing because he believed “It was all God’s plan.” He also said there isn’t anything he would do differently in retrospect.
When Hannity asked about the moment the gun came out Zimmerman said-
“It wasn’t my gun, it wasn’t his gun. It was THE gun.”
When asked if he is a racist, Zimmerman said “I’m not a racist and I’m not a murderer.”
On what he would tell Trayvon’s Parents:
Zimmerman: “I would tell them again, I’m sorry…I am sorry that they buried their child….I pray for them daily.”
On Hannity offering to pay for Zimmerman’s legal fees:
Zimmerman: Sean Hannity didn’t offer to pay legal fees, didn’t pay for interview. “Never happened.”
Zimmerman on claims of racism, molestation from “Witness 9”-
“I think that I’m actually fortunate that the FBI did get involved…”
At the end of the interview Zimmerman looked in the camera and addressed everyone saying-
“I do want to tell everyone my wife, my famiy, Martin’s …I’m sorry…I hate to think that my actions have polarized America and I am truly sorry.”
Hannity had spoken with Zimmerman off the record in April when he contacted the Fox News host and he has yet to divulge the topic of their conversation.