Howard Dean on American Sniper Comments: I Apologize To The Military, But Not To "Right-Wing Nut Jobs"


On Tuesday's broadcast of MSNBC's Hardball, former DNC chairman and presidential candidate Howard Dean apologized for saying people who liked the movie American Sniper are "angry" and are probably in the tea party.

CHRIS MATTHEWS, HARDBALL: Governor Dean, on Real Time with Bill Maher this week, you said, people who go see this movie are people who are very angry.

The actor Gary Sinise had a strong reaction to that. He wrote:

You certainly have a right to make stupid blanket statements, suggesting that all people who see this film are angry, but how is that helpful sir?...

Chris Kyle’s story deserved to be told. It tells a story of the stress that multiple deployments have on one military family, a family representative of thousands of military families. It helps to communicate the toll that the war on terror has taken on our defenders.

Your reaction.

FMR. GOV. HOWARD DEAN (D-VT): I'm going to do something which I almost never done in politics. I'll apologize to the veterans. I haven't seen the movie, and I think it was wrong. I talked to a lot of people about this. I make no apologies to the thousands of right-wing nut jobs who have twittering me with nasty language, but I do apologize to the veterans. We owe them a lot and I think this movie was much more nuanced than I thought.

MATTHEWS: But you'll not take the word nutbags back?

DEAN: No. For the people who tweeted me all weekend and used a lot of bad language, they're chicken hawks and I have no respect --

MATTHEWS: Well, we don't like chicken hawks.

DEAN: I do have respect --

MATTHEWS: Like Dick Cheney.

DEAN: I have a lot of respect for the people who served this country and I apologize.

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