So this happened last night.

Sean Hannity had two guests on his show to discuss race relations. Eric Guster, a criminal defense attorney (on the left in the video below), and Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis (next to Guster).

Hannity was making the argument that President Obama should refrain from injecting himself into racial incidents because Obama is, according to Hannity, a “three time loser” in such situations. In illustrating this point Hannity mentions the name Trayvon Martin, and that’s where the wheels come off.

Defense Attorney Guster immediately interrupts Hannity to ask, incredulously, if the show host believes Zimmerman was right in shooting Trayvon. When Hannity responds, “Absolutely,” we get a nice pair of flabbergasted head explosions, which Hannity counters actual knowledge of the facts and law of the case.

It seems the two guests neglected to avail themselves of the totally free resource: “The Zimmerman Files: Aggregated day-by-day live coverage & analysis”, or otherwise inform themselves on the case.

The exchange is all in the brief video (1:17) below. (If you’re somewhere where video is not immediately an option I’ve also transcribed the exchange below the fold, but it’s faster to watch than to read.)


Host Sean Hannity: “The President shouldn’t rush to judgment on a high profile race incidents where he’s a three time loser with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown —”

Defense Attorney Guster: “I disagree with the Trayvon Martin statement. ”

Hannity: “—in Ferguson—”

Guster: “I totally disagree with that. I totally disagree with that. So you’re saying—”

Hannity: “—He rushed to judgment—”

Guster: “You mentioned George Zimmerman—”

Hannity: “—the constitutional attorney.”

Guster: “—so you’re saying that George Zimmerman was right?”

Hannity: “Absolutely.”

Pastor Jarvis: “Are you, oh my God—”

Guster: “Are you serious?”

Jarvis: “—you’re defending George Zimmerman? ”

Hannity: “I’m defending the verdict.”

Guster: “You’re credibility has gone out the window.”

Hannity: “Can I finish?”

Guster: “Baby with the bath water.”

Hannity: “Maybe you don’t believe in a person being innocent until proven guilty—”

Jarvis: “Let me ask you a question, do you–”

Guster: “Oh, I do.”

[Talking over each other.]

Hannity: “Let me finish.”

Jarvis: “—do you think that racism has totally been eradicated in this country? ”

Hannity: “No, absolutely not. But let me finish. There was an eye witness in the Travon Martin case that saw Trayvon Martin on top of George Zimmerman grounding-and-pounding—“

Guster: “When George Zimmerman approached him.”

Hannity: “Are you going to let me finish?”

Guster: “After George Zimmerman approached him.”

Hannity: “Are you going to let me finish?”

Guster: “After George Zimmerman approached him.”

Hannity: “Grounding-and-pounding his head into cement and George Zimmerman screaming for his life at the top of his lungs. That resulted in the verdict as it came down, and I trust the jury system, and I believe on those circumstances he believed his life was in jeopardy, and facts and evidence are different than rushing to judgment like our constitutional President.”

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

(h/t Bizpac Review)

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