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Limbaugh: Trayvon Case Is 'Doing More Harm To The Black Community Than Anything Else'

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 3/2012 7:34 pm Updated: 04/ 4/2012 9:24 am

On his radio show this afternoon, Rush Limbaugh referred to the response to Trayvon Martin shooting "as doing more harm to the black community than anything else out there right now."

"Now, Trayvon Martin was killed 60 feet from his house," Limbaugh said. "Where were his neighbors? Unrecognized or unknown for three days in the morgue? That's despicable. Everything about this story…this story is doing more harm to the black community than anything else out there right now. Nothing out there portends good."

Martin, 17, was shot and killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watch member as he returned to the home of his father's fiance on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fl. George Zimmerman, the man who admitted to killing him, called the police and told them that Martin looked suspicious prior to the shooting, and said that he shot Martin in self-defense after an altercation. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the killing, a fact that has outraged protesters around the country. Martin was black. Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Peruvian.

"There's nothing in this story to get happy about on any side," Limbaugh said. "Problem is there are people who are. That's sort of what's disgusting… is that there are people really excited about this because of the opportunity it presents them. It's despicable if you ask me."

Limbaugh suggested that the news media wanted to help the president in an election year, although he did not specify how. "It's all about Obama's re-election, pure and simple," he said. "Until Obama or Jackson or Sharpton lead them to a story, the media's not going to go there on something like this, because it's all about building up or protecting Obama."

Right-leaning media outlets have come under criticism for their handling of the Martin case. Many conservative outlets did not cover the case, which had been national news for weeks, until around the time the president weighed in on March 23. "I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened," the president said. "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."

Last week, the Daily Caller, a site founded by conservative pundit Tucker Carlson, published tweets from a since-deleted Twitter accounts used by the dead teenager, and the Twitchy, a web site founded by the conservative commentator Michelle Malkin, published pictures of a teenager with his middle fingers extended that it claimed depicted Trayvon Martin. The picture were actually of a teenager who was not Martin, and had first surfaced on a neo-Nazi website.

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  • Barack Obama

    "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," <a href="" target="_hplink">President Obama said</a>. "I think [Trayvon's parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we are going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

  • Newt Gingrich

    Newt Gingrich <a href="" target="_hplink">told Piers Morgan</a> that the Trayvon Martin case was tragic, and that he didn't believe the shooting would be covered by Florida's Stand Your Ground law. "I think Americans can recognize that while this is a tragedy -- and it is a tragedy -- that we're going to relentlessly seek justice, and I think that's the right thing to do," Gingrich said. Asked about the <a href="" target="_hplink">Stand Your Ground</a> law, he said, "The young man apparently was not following the person who's being investigated. Apparently, the shooter was following the young man. That's not a stand your own ground, that's a chase the other person into their ground. And I think you're going to find the law, as interpreted normally, doesn't apply to this case."

  • Allen West

    Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) condemned the killing of Trayvon Martin, but cautioned against making the case a racial issue. Below, his full statement <a href="" target="_hplink">as posted on Facebook</a>: <blockquote>I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin. First of all, if all that has been reported is accurate, the Sanford Police Chief should be relieved of his duties due to what appears to be a mishandling of this shooting in its early stages. The US Navy SEALS identified Osama Bin Laden within hours, while this young man laid on a morgue slab for three days. The shooter, Mr Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit. From my reading, it seems this young man was pursued and there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him....against the direction of the 911 responder. Let's all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason. I have signed a letter supporting a DOJ investigation. I am not heading to Sanford to shout and scream, because we need the responsible entities and agencies to handle this situation from this point without media bias or undue political influences. This is an outrage.</blockquote>

  • Mitt Romney

    "What happened to Trayvon Martin is a tragedy. There needs to be a thorough investigation that reassures the public that justice is carried out with impartiality and integrity," <a href="" target="_hplink">Mitt Romney said</a> in a statement.

  • Rick Santorum

    Rick Santorum said the shooting was "horrible" and a "chilling example of the horrible decisions made by people in this process." "Stand Your Ground is not doing what this man did," <a href="" target="_hplink">Santorum said</a>, adding that he believes the Justice Department should leave the matter to local and state authorities.

  • Rick Scott

    Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) <a href="" target="_hplink">said</a> a state task force would review Florida's Stand Your Ground law and recommend changes "so that we might help avoid such tragedies in the future."

  • Frederica Wilson

    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) denounced shooter George Zimmerman as "a renegade wannabe policeman neighborhood watchman." "Mr. Speaker, I am tired of burying young black boys," Wilson said <a href="" target="_hplink">during a speech</a> on the House floor. "I am tired of watching them suffer at the hands of those who fear them and despise them. I am tired of comforting mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters and brothers after such unnecessary, heinous crimes of violence."

  • Condoleezza Rice

    "Well, first of all, it's a great tragedy," Condoleezza Rice <a href="" target="_hplink">told Andrea Mitchell</a>. "This young man has been deprived of life and that's an enormous tragedy. And we all should have prayers and for his family and for those who are left behind. So it's a great tragedy. That's the first thing to say. Secondly, I've always said that obviously, we are not a race blind society. We aspire to be one, we work toward it, we've gotten better, but we are not yet. But I'm not going to comment on the legal aspects of this case because as I understand it, the Justice Department is looking into it, local authorities are looking into it, and I certainly hope that justice will be done here and due process accorded. But I'm not going to comment on the legal aspects of this. I'm not competent to do so."

  • Mitch McConnell

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) <a href="" target="_hplink">called the shooting</a> an "incredible tragedy," but declined to comment on the "Stand Your Ground" law. "It is an incredible tragedy of huge proportions," he said. "I'm glad it's being investigated and we'll take a look at it as the investigation moves along."

  • Harry Reid

    "The killing of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy, and nothing will bring him back," Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wrote in a statement. "But there remain unanswered questions surrounding his death, and I applaud Attorney General Eric Holder for opening an investigation. Trayvon and his family deserve nothing less, and my thoughts are with them in this unimaginably difficult time. Any single incident where an unarmed civilian is gunned down is one too many, but sadly, similar incidents have occurred in other states, including in Nevada. I trust the Justice Department and law enforcement at all levels will provide the justice that Trayvon's loved ones and our country deserve."