A onetime Republican Party official in South Carolina is in the midst of a controversy over tweets laced with insults and profanity on the topic of the death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager who was killed nearly a year ago in Florida.
Todd Kincannon, a former executive director and general counsel for the GOP in South Carolina, sent offensive tweets during Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
In one, Kincannon tweeted that the Super Bowl game itself “sucks more [expletive] than adult Trayvon Martin would have for drug money.”
He continued to send offensive messages regarding the dead teenager. In another, he said that Trayvon Martin was a “dangerous thug who needed to be put down like a rabid dog.”
Speaking on HuffPost Live, Kincannon said that his messages were intended as satire and that he intended to demonstrate how “the left” had held Trayvon Martin’s death as an example of an innocent youth being unjustifiably struck down.
“The left has decided that Trayvon Martin was just this perfect little angel,” Kincannon said. “He was a thug. He tweeted about drug use. This guy, he was a criminal, and the left has decided to make him some sort of martyr. That is what I don’t understand.”
Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in February 2012 in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who was following the teenager. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, saying he shot the youth in self-defense and seeking to invoke Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law. Under that highly controversial law, Floridians may use deadly force if they feel they are in imminent danger.
Martin’s parents have contended that their son was the victim of racial profiling, pointing out that Zimmerman’s parents are white and Hispanic.
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