By Eric Garland - 08/26/13 04:02 PM EDT
Republican lawmakers shouldn't embrace George Zimmerman as a hero, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Monday.
Scarborough criticized Zimmerman for visiting Florida's K-Tech plant, where he was photographed smiling and shaking hands with an employee.
K-Tech made the gun Zimmerman used last year when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager.
Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury that found he acted in self-defense after a fight with Martin.
Zimmerman's lawyers also issued a statement saying they would not have advised Zimmerman to visit the factory, although they still believe the verdict was just.
"His own lawyers are running away from him quickly," Scarborough said. "This is not a man who the Republicans should embrace as a hero, he is anything but a hero."