Today in outrage and elections
"As part of his continued bid to win Most Cretinous Human Ever title, George Zimmerman is auctioning the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin," explains News24's Lauren Hess. Alison Burdo at the Philadelphia Business Journal reacts, simply, "can he not?" It's a business decision that should place him squarely at "#1 on pariah list," concludes Jerry Mitchell at the Clarion-Ledger. "Does George Zimmerman have some kind of alarm that notifies him when he hasn't done anything awful in a certain amount of days?" wonders Wonkette's Robyn Pennacchia. At the Washington Examiner last night, Kelly Cohen seemed sufficiently fed up: "just wrote about the scum that is george zimmerman at 11pm so yeah bed time." And there were plenty of Trump tie-ins, of course, but we think John Fugelsang was the first to connect those dots: "Gotta admit, when I saw George Zimmerman trending for a second I wondered if Trump had announced his VP pick." Update: It appears as if the listing has been removed, so at least someone is finally exercising good judgment around here.
Speaking of Trump (how many times have we invoked that transition?), The Donald came away from a meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan to say they are "totally committed" to uniting their party. "Asked by @greta who the leader of the GOP is, Trump says Paul Ryan. Such love!" muses Rick Klein at ABC News. Perhaps Ryan's embrace is helped by that new Reuters poll showing a surge in Trump support and the candidate almost even with Hillary Clinton (who just blasted Trump for no position on issue of voting rights). "Weird, I was told last poll was outlier!" snarks Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. But while we're talking surges, let us remind everyone there's also been one in voter applications. "Yes Latinos are coming for Trump," declares BuzzFeed's Adrian Carrasquillo. At the same time, onetime GOP nominee Mitt Romney is after it again, claiming, "It is disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters ..." NYT's Trip Gabriel notes that comes from "The voice of experience." Relatedly, though, Timothy L. O'Brien says he's seen Trump's tax records and You Should, Too. In California? Get ready for the Los Angeles kick-off of that campaign's renewed fundraising.