Thom Hartmann: Trayvon Killed by Koch Brothers, NRA, and Wal-Mart

Liberal radio host Thom Hartmann came unglued over Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, blaming his death on...the Koch brothers.

"A young man died," he declared. "A young man died a violent and unnecessary death because the Koch brothers and other right-wingers and large corporations in America decided that it would be a really cool idea if they got together and wrote laws that they would then give to mostly Republican legislators in state legislatures all across the country at meetings twice a year of the so-called American Legislative Exchange Council." He also blamed the NRA and Wal-Mart:

The so called stand your ground and shoot first laws, brought to you by the NRA and Wal-Mart, peddled to state legislators, Republican state legislators, by the American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC, funded by the Koch brothers. That’s pretty amazing, when you see a fairly direct line from right-wing billionaires funding front groups that are actually writing our nation’s laws to a dead kid in Florida.

In the second hour of his program, he debated Alan Korwin of Gunlaws.com, and added some racial craziness: "The point is that white people in this country now feel [that] if they've got a gun now they've got the power to kill black people and not have to answer for it. They've felt that way for a long, long time, but these kind of laws put it on steroids."

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
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