Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 29, 2013
Killing two birds with one stone is an understatement for what the Reverend Al Sharpton did on his MSNBC show “Politics Nation” Tuesday evening, as the civil rights leader accused Texas Sen. Ted Cruz of “politicizing” the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012 during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law at the center of the trial.
Although Florida’s ”Stand Your Ground” law – which allows people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves in a dangerous situation – was not used by the defense in the trial of Martin’s alleged killer, George Zimmerman, many Democrats have clamored for changes to the law in light of Zimmerman’s acquittal in July.
“It was a serious hearing, but Senator Ted Cruz seemed to think it was just a chance to score some cheap political points,” Sharpton said to introduce the segment, which featured an exclusive interview with Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.
Sharpton then showed a video of Cruz speaking at Tuesday’s hearing: “We know that some in our political process have a desire to exploit that tragic violent incident. We have seen efforts to undermine the verdict of the jury, and to inflame racial tensions,” the Texas Republican said.
The civil rights leader was clearly off his game, as he proceeded to accuse Cruz of claiming that “Stand Your Ground is good law for minorities” before claiming that the killers in cases where the victim was a minority are more likely to acquitted because of “Stand Your Ground” laws than whites. Unfortunately, the Republican that Sharpton chose to skewer just happened to be Hispanic.
Fulton – who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday – also seemed to agree with Sharpton’s remarks on the potential 2016 presidential candidate.
“I think there’s some disconnect there, I think Cruz is certainly not aware of the real law and how it affects us as a community,” Fulton told the Reverend. “I have a real problem when teenagers are afraid to walk to the store for drink and candy. There are issues there, and you want everybody to feel comfortable and you want everyone to feel safe in their neighborhood and just merely walking down the street and you’re not armed…it just seems like something needs to be fixed.”
Watch the segment below.