Bill Cosby speaks on President Obama's critics and Trayvon Martin - See video
In a recent sit down interview on CNN, comedian Bill Cosby - who has become known for critical remarks about society and culture since his sitcoms "The Cosby Show" and "Cosby" went off the air - discussed critics of President Barack Obama and the Trayvon Martin shooting case.
When asked by "State of the Union" anchor Candy Crowley if he was disappointed in the job President Obama was doing in office, Cosby said, "I'm disappointed at people who don't look at the woes and the trouble given to this man."
"People blatantly speaking out against his color, wasting time, starting up new stories about whether or not he was born here, saying things that they can't prove," he added. "When you see that he made promises and said things and the people who were supposed to be working with him didn't. The people who were supposed to be working, even for another party, didn't care about the American people. They wanted to get him."
Cosby's interview, which can be seen below, aired on April 15 and was taped on April 12. The 74-year-old comedian also said he believed the issue in the Trayvon Martin case was not race but guns.
On February 26, 17-year-old Martin was shot by George Zimmerman when walking back to his family's home in Florida after visiting a convenience store. Martin died from his injuries. Zimmerman claims the shooting was self-defense but Martin's family believes Zimmerman - who was neighborhood watch volunteer - profiled the teen because Trayvon Martin was black. Last week Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder last week.
Cosby said, "When a person has a gun, sometimes their mind clicks that this thing ... will win arguments and straighten people out."
"And in the wrong hands and in the wrong mind, it's death. It's wounding people," he added.
"It doesn't make any difference if he's racist or not racist," Cosby later said, "If he's scared to death and not a racist, it's still a confrontational provoking of something."The comedian admitted that he once owned a gun to protect his family but later "gave it back." Cosby's son Ennis was shot and killed in 1997 by a Ukranian restaurant worker while he was changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.
See Cosby's interview with CNN below.