George Zimmerman, the human embodiment of both the flawed American justice system and everything that can go wrong in one person’s soul, is now making Confederate flag art. He’s teamed up with a Florida gun shop owner who declared his business a “Muslim-free zone.” Perfect. That’s perfect.
Zimmerman — who this year alone has been arrested on assault charges and shot lightly in the face during a road rage incident — also fancies himself an artist in the limited free time he’s got between generating new court dates. He painted an American flag. He plagiarized an AP photo. And now he’s in an artistic partnership with Andy Hallinan, owner of Florida Gun Supply, who in late July banned Muslims from entering his store.
In a video he made, Hallinan attributed his decision to the killing of four U.S. Marines by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Standing in front of an enormous Confederate flag backdrop, he also blamed Barack Obama and “political correctness” for the state of the country, which he thinks is bad.
After making his announcement, Hallinan was promptly sued by the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who asked for an injunction preventing Hallinan from discriminating against customers on the basis of religion.
And so now, as Florida Gun Supply announced on its website, they’re selling original Confederate flag paintings by Zimmerman, painted “in Andy Hallinan’s honor.” From the website:
George started painting an American Flag on this canvas, but heard about Andy getting sued by CAIR (the Counsel for American/Islamic Relations) while he was working on the painting. George decided to scrap the original American Flag painting and repaint it with a Confederate (Battle) Flag.
“The caption, ‘the 2nd protects the first’ is a double entendre,” said George. “The first flag I painted on this canvas was an American Flag, but decided to repaint over it with the Confederate Flag when I heard Andy was getting sued by CAIR. The 2nd flag I painted was the Battle Flag - which we need in America in order to protect the first.”
Quite literally, the caption “the 2nd protects the first” is referring to both the Bill of Rights as well as the two flags on this canvas. You cannot have the 1st amendment without the 2nd, and you cannot have the American Flag if you remove the Battle Flag.
What a story!
On the back of the original canvas, you can still see an outline of the American Flag.
The two also made a “mini-documentary” together on “cultural cleansing” and “bias media.” Biased. You mean biased.
In the video, Hallinan says Zimmerman has been “made to look like a racist” by the media. Then he and a cigar-smoking Zimmerman have a conversation at a picnic table in the middle of a swamp.
“I was painting the American flag when I heard of you getting sued by CAIR. I decided I would do for you what the Amerian people did for me,” Zimmerman tells Hallinan. “Truthfully, if it wasn’t for all the great patriotic people we have in this nation that donated to my legal defense fund, we could not have kept up the fight the way we needed to. We did not have the money for the hard costs it took to defend me. I didn’t want to see you give up the fight simply for financial reasons... I just wanted to do my part.”
You’ve done enough, George. Truly.
Hallinan and Zimmerman. Screenshot via YouTube