In an interview with GQ Robert Zimmerman Jr., George Zimmerman’s older brother said that immediately after his little brother had shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, or, as the family refers to it, “the incident” he had the idea to turn George into a reality TV star.
Robert told GQ that he had been the “black sheep” of the family, an unemployed college drop out who was also gay and had a DWI conviction and was not considered the family’s greatest success. That all changed, he said, after George killed Martin and it became necessary for him to step in and become the “family savior.”
Over the next year, Robert took over the job of defending his younger brother in the media. Enjoying his new-found notoriety, he was proud to have both Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity on the contact list in his cell phone. His only income for that year was the $800 that he received to appear on Real Time With Bill Maher, although he says that the best part about that appearance was having drinks after the show with Donna Brazile — saying that he told her, “I miss black people.”
Robert said that at one point he and his mother had considered starting a family business selling security products, all of which would be Z-themed.
“There’s the Z Bar, the Z Rock, and the Z Beam,” he said. “They’re all targeted to women. One is to secure sliding doors. One is to put in the front door. The light is to carry and is designed by George. It has a little alarm—you know, Help me, help me!”
But in a particularly revealing moment, Robert said, his end goal was to get George in front of the cameras for his own reality TV show, which he said was inspired by John Walsh who began America’s Most Wanted after his 6-year-old son was abducted and murdered, and by Keeping Up With the Kardashians which became hugely successful when Kim’s sex tape was leaked to the public.
“I learn a lot from watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Robert told GQ. “Like, use the sh*t you’ve got.”
George and Robert’s father, Robert (Bob) Sr., told GQ that everyone in the family carries concealed weapons everywhere and that he worries about what might happen if George is charged with civil rights violations, saying that George worries about what he might do if the FBI comes to arrest him.
“He’s worried that if FBI agents come and kick in his door, he’s probably gonna shoot a few of them,” Bob said.
One of the most bizarre admissions that the Zimmermans made to GQ was that they had “studied” the movie Argo to learn how to live like the CIA, maintaining anonymity while hiding in plain sight. They travel under false names, shred their garbage and place it in random dumpsters around town and have assigned code names for everyone. They limit the length of phone calls and trust no one, living in a state of constant paranoia.
Bob Zimmerman told GQ:
“I am sure there are people, you know, some young kid that has nothing going for him, but he’s able to get a pistol, wants to make a name for himself. ‘Maybe I’ll kill one of the Zimmermans. Maybe George, maybe one of his family members. I’ll be famous.’ You know? That happens. And that’s what worries me.”
h/t: The Independent