George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed an unarmed black teen in 2012 but was acquitted of second-degree murder charges, took to social media this week to call President Barack Obama an "ignorant baboon."
Zimmerman made the comment in a series of tweets posted on Wednesday and Thursday while referencing the shooting deaths of two journalists on live television.
In one, Zimmerman quoted the president's remarks on gun violence while also insulting him:
Obama was referring to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old slain by Zimmerman earlier that year.
On Thursday, Zimmerman tweeted an image purported to be of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old whose shooting by police in 2014 triggered unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, along with a photo of Vester Lee Flanagan, who shot and killed the two journalists on Wednesday:
Zimmerman, who most recently made headlines by selling prints of a Confederate Flag painting to benefit a "Muslim-free" gun store, even posted what appeared to be a not-so-veiled reference to Martin, calling the deceased teen a "moron."
And just to top it off, Zimmerman tweeted an image of himself at a pool with a cigar in his mouth:
Zimmerman has been arrested a number of times since his acquittal. Earlier this year, he was charged with aggravated assault, but the case was later dropped when his ex-girlfriend stopped cooperating with authorities.
Zimmerman's acquittal in the Martin case helped spawn the Black Lives Matter movement, a call for social justice and racial equality marked by demonstrations around the country.
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