Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:
5. Fox News
As George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin begins, Fox News has ramped up its efforts to defend the former neighborhood watch guard. To put it mildly, it’s not going well.
“I know that George Zimmerman’s attorney will prove that he has no criminal background, he’s not an aggressive guy,” Fox News host Jamie Colby said on Monday. “That he’s a gentle, kind, caring soul who was minding the neighborhood.” But how will they prove that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense?
“I know everybody keeps sarcastically saying about the Skittles,” Burns noted, referring to the fact that Martin was carrying iced tea and skittles. “You could probably kill somebody with Skittles.”
“It’s very compelling,” Colby agreed. “Only a kid who hadn’t had dental work could eat Skittles.”
“The thing is, yeah, you’re spinning a lot of hypotheticals,” Burns later said. “And you could break a bottle of iced tea, right, with the jagged edge, and you could kill somebody with it.” Case closed!
If this is the best that Zimmerman’s actual lawyers can come up with, then he is about to go away for a long, long time.