Donald Trump announced his intention to meet with George Zimmerman, the killer of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012. The announcement marks a continuation of Trump’s prolific first week, where he has spared no effort to appeal to his Alt-Right base, signing executive orders curtailing immigration from Muslim-majority countries and kickstarting the construction of his signature border wall.
In the meeting, which will take place at Mar-A-Lago, president Trump’s sprawling compound in Zimmerman’s native Florida, Trump aims to discuss hot button issues like gun control and putting an end to the rampant violence in Chicago, which is yet again on pace to break records in 2017.
When asked about the forthcoming meeting, Trump responded, “believe me, no one knows more about how to stop the carnage in Chicago better than George Zimmerman. This violence, this carnage, it’s horrific, we need a great person like George Z. on the case to straighten things out down there. It’ll be night and day, believe me.”
Following the notorious incident with Trayvon Martin in 2012, Zimmerman has hardly kept a low profile, having numerous run ins with the law for assault and domestic violence, and famously attempting to auction off the pistol used in the killing of Martin. When asked about the optics of meeting with such a polarizing figure, Trump responded, “George isn’t perfect, but who is? All that matters is that the man’s a patriot and you won’t find a bigger patriot than George, believe me.”