Feb 20, 2020 - Politics & Policy

George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in November 2013. Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Florida., seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.

  • He alleges they made false innuendos including tying him to "gun violence," "white supremacy" and "racism," implying that he "thus murdered" Martin as a result, despite him being acquitted of homicide charges in 2013.

Why it matters: The Zimmerman case inspired the Black Lives Matter movement in which Martin's parents have been leading voices.

The big picture: Zimmerman is also suing Martin's parents, a law enforcement agency and a publishing firm for malicious prosecution and defamation.

  • Warren's campaign did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment and a spokesman for Buttigieg declined to.

Go deeper: George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin's family for $100M

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Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren at an event in Nevada ahead of the caucus. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren is getting an endorsement from an influential activist group for black communities.

The state of play: Black to the Future Action Fund, a think tank and political organizing group, was formed by Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza. This is their first endorsement of a presidential candidate, though they've endorsed down-ballot Democrats like Stacey Abrams and Lucy McBath.

In photos: Protests in Chile rage on, 4 months later

A barricade burns during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

Protestors clashed with riot police in Santiago, Chile on Friday after four months of sustained protests against the government initially sparked by grievances over metro fare pricing and the national cost of living.

The big picture: Chile has the greatest level of income inequality among all countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Wall Street Journal reports. Chileans have cited education and health care costs as especially cumbersome.

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Trump gets "woke" in 15-city campaign to court black voters

The Trump campaign is leaning into its effort to woo African American voters, opening "Black Voices for Trump" offices across six swing states, the campaign says.

Why it matters: "Woke" stickers, "Black Voices for Trump" T-shirts and other branded swag are part of this storefront approach as the campaign ramps up its efforts to erode Democrats' lock on this key demographic.