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Rush: Jeantel Shows Martin May Have Been ‘Gay Basher’

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday called attention to Zimmerman trial witness Rachel Jeantel’s most recent public remarks, arguing that they demonstrate that race was not involved at all in Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin, and that in fact Martin may have attacked Zimmerman for an entirely different reason: Because Martin was “a gay-basher.”

Appearing on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live last night, Jeantel explained that during her telephone conversation with Trayvon Martin on the night of his death, she warned Martin to run from George Zimmerman because he might be a rapist:

PIERS MORGAN: And he was freaked out by it? 

RACHEL JEANTEL: Yes. Definitely, after I say ‘may be a rapist,’ for every boy, for every man, every — who’s not that kind of way, seeing a grown man following them, would they be creep out? … And people need to understand, he didn’t want that creepy ass cracker going to his father or girlfriend’s house to go get — mind you, his little brother was there. You know — now, mind you, I told you — I told Trayvon it might have been a rapist.

Jeantel went on to say that any parent who would encourage his child to remain standing calmly in the face of such a threat — rather than to run or fight — would be likely to see his child “in the news for a missing person.” 

UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh offered additional commentary in the second hour of his syndicated radio program this afternoon, saying, “I have offered a viewpoint of what Rachel Jeantel said that the left does not want out there.” He added:

she did allude to the homosexual aspect of this [during the trial]; but you know, if I really wanted to stir it up, I would make the case that it was Zimmerman’s civil rights that got violated.  Here you’ve got Zimmerman, a properly accredited neighborhood-watch captain, or whatever his title was . . . and you’ve got this guy beating up on him because he thinks he’s gay.  I mean that sounds like a civil rights violation to me! [evident sarcasm]. . . The way I’ve been conditioned in this country, that sounds like a hate crime to me!

Limbaugh continued, “What do you think the left will do with that, once they learn that it was Zimmerman’s rights that got violated?”

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