“Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli inserted himself into the George Zimmerman hubbub after making an offer on Twitter to buy the gun used to kill Trayvon Martin and “put it in a museum as a disgusting reminder of racism in the US.”
Shkreli, who is only slightly more popular than the Florida man who gunned down the black teen, then found himself on the receiving end of a large helping of abuse from conservatives who had previously defended his free market stance on selling drugs for what the market will bear.
On Wednesday, Zimmerman announced that he would be auctioning off the gun he used to shoot Martin in 2012. The auction was shut down but another began Friday morning with trolls running up the bid to $65 million.
Responding on Twitter one person wrote to the former pharma CEO saying: “A Hispanic man shot a black teen who was assaulting him. What racism?”
A sampling below:
@MartinShkreli Saint George Zimmerman's Holy Kel-Tec 9mm, a modern day Excalibur, could be haunted, may be something to consider.
— Texans for Trump (@TexasTrumpTrain) May 12, 2016
Yeah. Actually, he was just defending himself against an aggressor. You'd agree if you watched the trial. It's on YouTube. @MartinShkreli
— Mr. Hand (@GrayerDreams) May 13, 2016
— The Private Man (@man_private) May 12, 2016
@MartinShkreli cause Zimmerman was clearly racist, in your bizarre fantasy mind
— Nightbob (@Nightbob3) May 12, 2016
@MartinShkreli aren't you the guy accused of (essentially) extorting AIDS patients?
— Alby (@albybrava) May 13, 2016
@MartinShkreli it belongs in a museum to be cherished and as a reminder of what happens to thugs
— Sentrywitz (@donald_bill) May 12, 2016
@MartinShkreli Except Zimmerman's motives weren't racism.
— Tesla (@TeslaCyberheart) May 12, 2016
@MartinShkreli Trayvon was a statistic that attacked a grown man.
— Zoar (@Soylentopia) May 12, 2016
@MartinShkreli "racism" lolol. If someone is on top of me beating me trying to kill me, I'd shoot them too idc what color they are????
— Ethan Young (@youngETHANyoung) May 13, 2016
I'd give it to my daughter after inscribing it.
— Ted Colt (@tteclod) May 13, 2016