Nancy Grace is being accused of using racist language Tuesday in describing George Zimmerman’s freedom, saying he’s “driving through Taco Bell every night having a churro,” after the neighborhood community watchman was acquitted of murder charges in the Trayvon Martin shooting.
Grace, a former prosecutor and the flagship personality on television network HLN, was incensed over Zimmerman attorney Mark O’Mara urging the jury to acquit his client and let him “get back to his life” during closing arguments last week in the Zimmerman trial.
“Give Zimmerman back his life?” Grace said with incredulity on HLN on July 12, when closing arguments in the case wrapped up. “He’s out on bond, driving through Taco Bell every night having a churro. You know, long story short, he’s got his life. Who’s going to give life back to Trayvon Martin?”
Grace said she found O’Mara’s statement “at the very least a very poor choice of words.”
Now the HLN host is having the very same accusations, with some even going so far as to call Grace a racist for the language she used. Zimmerman is half Hispanic and half white.
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted the video of Grace’s comments Tuesday and accused the HLN host of being a racist.
Twitter user Debra Lynn agreed with Pavlich’s characterization.
Lynn tweeted Grace “was over the top w/ the TacoBell and churro comments! OMG! That was crazy talk! Racist!”
The shooting of Trayvon sparked debate about race and racial profiling after Zimmerman believed that the 17-year-old hoodie-wearing black teen was acting suspiciously on the night of Feb. 26, 2012. Despite being told by authorities not to pursue Trayvon, Zimmerman disobeyed the order. A confrontation ensued and Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon.
A jury of six women acquitted Zimmerman of murder, believing his argument that he acted in self-defense.
Zimmerman’s brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., maintained that race had nothing to do with the incident.
"NBC had a lot to do with pushing that narrative by editing George's non-emergency call to the police to suggest ... that George had called the police to report a person who was suspicious because he's black, because he's wearing a hoodie," he told NPR.
Meanwhile, Zimmerman’s lawyers have filed a defamation suit against NBC over the call.
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