In a new interview that was recorded with his divorce lawyer, George Zimmerman says he was victimized by President Barack Obama, who, according to Zimmerman, heightened racial tensions following the death of Trayvon Martin. It is the first time Zimmerman has spoken publicly since the Justice Department cleared him of all charges — civil rights or otherwise — in February. “Instead of rushing to judgment, making racially charged comments and pitting American against American, I believe that he [Obama] should have taken the higher road,” Zimmerman said in the interview, referring to President Obama saying, “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” after Martin’s death. “For him to make incendiary comments as he did and direct the Department of Justice to pursue a baseless prosecution, he by far over-stretched, over-reached.” Zimmerman referred to the president as, “Barack Hussein Obama,” and suggested he should have encouraged Americans to not rush to judgment. He also said he has a clean conscience, and that the U.S. justice system failed in bringing him to trial, but ultimately succeeded when the jury acquitted him in 2013.