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As this trial comes to a close what role did Washington DC play in the rush to judgment about race.
-- -- Well -- we put it that way now laid rushing to judgment is sort of the specialty down here so if you wanna rush to judgment Washington DC is a great place to come forth.
-- you have a good point but the get go I get though Chris this case.
Sort of captured.
-- tension and became a political football in a way that most you know criminal cases don't.
Well in America we've often said we've often seen race is in everything and everything to some degree is about race certainly in the era of Obama.
Where the president so many of the president's defenders.
Accuse his detractors.
Having racial motive.
It's in there and the president himself.
-- president whose administration famously does not like to talk about ongoing investigations when they relate to itself.
In this case the president came out with him a voice that -- that they for mr.
-- men and on and on and the president that took this to heart.
And made it part of who he was if I had a son -- look like -- on.
And -- things got very weird very fast about this.
And then what happened what happened was it was less than advertised we didn't get what we were promised what we were promised was a story here that dealt -- The big tab was of Greece.
All of these things we were promised bonfire of the vanities and we didn't get that.
We -- we -- we were also promised that we would have something on the order of what we saw in Los Angeles -- with the Rodney King era that didn't happen either.
Well we got instead was basically to minorities the New York Times famously called mr.
Zimmerman a white Hispanic to delineate him because of his -- now.
But you ended up with two minorities.
In a sort of ex urban part of Orlando.
In a sad story with no winners and it wasn't as advertised the -- not only was -- rush to judgment Washington there was a rush -- So in other words today if every -- on Capitol Hill and in the White House knew what we know today that it was -- Fist fight and it George -- nose was broken and that there were cuts to the back.
Of his head and it's there's a debate about who was on top of the evidence seems to suggest that -- on -- was on top would the president today.
Have come out and said -- on Martin could have been my son.
Well if he knew that -- this was probably the only place that clip was going to be played today.
-- probably would have done it anyway because it was good politics at the moment it made sense it was a gap shot.
Yeah identified with this with this young man a victim who was being held up as this he he had that he made him part of this family.
Rhetorically so he probably would have done it again knowing that that that clip wouldn't get a lot of air time now.
Chris are Walt thanks so much for giving us the Washington DC perspective on us.
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