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Amidst the overwhelming backlash surrounding CNN's morning interview with George Zimmerman, on Monday evening "Piers Morgan Live" asked a trio of voices to offer their insights and reaction.
In a sit down interview with "New Day" host Chris Cuomo, Zimmerman – who in July was found not guilty in the killing of Trayvon Martin – referred to himself as a victim, suggesting that the ordeal of the trial, and the associated media attention, had taken an intense toll on him personally.
Nancy Grace did not share Zimmeramn's perspective:
"Frankly, he's got a lot of nerve, because Trayvon Martin is dead. At least Zimmerman is going to get to get out and do his artwork online and sell it for 100 grand and have his groupies, and his website, and all of his boxing matches for charity," said the host of HLN's "Nancy Grace." "While Trayvon Martin is never getting out of his coffin. Zimmerman needs to just go away and stop rubbing salt in my wound."
Joining the program from Washington, DC, Van Jones seconded Grace's disappointment with the approach taken by Zimmerman:
"I'm sure that in his own mind he feels somehow victimized, but honestly, you would expect at this point for him to be able to show enough class, enough dignity, to not try to seize that mantel and that mandate, and to talk more about the harm and the pain and the suffering of the Trayvon Martin family," noted the "Crossfire" co-host. "When you don't see that, and you see the other stuff that he's been doing, whether it's the arrest, this other sort of stuff, you feel like, you know, not only did the guy get away with it, he doesn't seem to have learned very much. And I think that's what really hurts people who care about this whole situation."
Ben Ferguson, meanwhile, suggested that the former Florida neighborhood watchman would be best served to simply disappear from the public spotlight:
"I don't understand why [he] doesn't realize - just go away. Just walk away from the cameras. You don't have to do the interviews, you don't have to sit down and tell your story," said the conservative radio host. "Your story is not a sad story. You're not some sort of victim from what happened after the fact. Now, that night, to be honest with you, no one really wants to hear about you becoming a victim."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's discussion with Grace, Jones and Ferguson, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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