After the tweet was deleted, apparently by Twitter, Zimmerman posted a tweet directing media inquiries to the phone number of a car audio shop. When I called it, a disgruntled man said it was not affiliated with Zimmerman. I asked what he meant, and he said, "It's pretty cut and dry, dude. Do you understand English?" Then he hung up. The number, it turns out, belongs to a man Zimmerman has been waging a social media campaign against.
Twitter would not comment on why they took down the photo, but the company directed me to its policy, which states that users "may not publish or post threats of violence against others or promote violence against others."
Previously, Zimmerman's tweets have referred to black people as primates and "slime."
Good day to you, Ape. Dat mean u blocked cuz.
— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) September 4, 2015
Cops lives matter, black slime doesnt.
— George Zimmerman (@TherealGeorgeZ) September 3, 2015
In August, Zimmerman teamed up with the owner of a gun store with a no-Muslims-allowed policy to sell prints of his Confederate flag art, which he says "represents the hypocrisy of political correctness that is plaguing this nation."