MSNBC's Dyson Complains Zimmerman Has Become 'Icon' and 'Patron Saint of the Right Wing'
On Monday's All In with Chris Hayes, MSNBC political analyst Michael Eric Dyson, a sociology professor at Georgetown University, declared that George Zimmerman has become "a kind of patron saint of the right wing in a very serious way" as he complained that he has "been made an icon" and will receive external support in his freedom.
Host Hayes fretted that Zimmerman would not sufficiently have to face his conscience as he quoted a tweet. Hayes:
You know, someone said this thing on Twitter, I think it was a guy named Jim Henley who I really like and follow. And he said, you know, I hope, I have one thought that, I hope George Zimmerman goes home tonight and thinks about what he did and what happened, but there's this world awaiting him that wants to embrace him as a hero. There's an entire universe to whom he has become-
Dyson jumped in:
He's been made an icon. I went into my hotel and that evening ran into George Zimmerman's best friend. We had a vigorous, non-hostile conversation for 20 minutes, and I said to him, "Sir, your friend just murdered an unarmed young man."
The liberal MSNNBC political analyst added:
He said, "But there was no probable cause for him to be arrested." I said, "We're not only speaking different languages; we're living in different universes." There is a world awaiting George Zimmerman that will support him economically, that will make him an icon. And he has become a kind of patron saint of the right wing in a very serious way.
-- Brad Wilmouth is a news analyst at the Media Research Center