Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean speculated last Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher that most of the moviegoers who went to see American Sniper were angry and from the Tea Party.
His comments have generated a lot of buzz, so much so that he says he’s been receiving countless tweets from “right-wing nut jobs” calling him out for making them.
Actor Gary Sinise joined the cause and called out Dean for his comments, forcing Dean on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews to make a public apology for his comments.
“This is something in which I’ve almost never done in politics, I’ll apologize to the veterans,” Dean said. “I haven’t seen the movie, and I think it was wrong. I talked to a lot of people about it.”
But before his actual apology, he first had to take a jab at the Right.
“I make no apology to the thousands of right-wing nut jobs who’ve been 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,” he added. “I have a lot of respect for the people who served this country and I apologize.”
Twitter responded to Dean’s apology and his presumptive criticism before watching the movie:
That’s OK, Howard Dean, your apology would mean nothing anyway. Eeeee Hawwwww!
— Je Suis Juif (@N9ZF) January 28, 2015
@FoxFriendsFirst I’d call Howard Dean’s apology very weak.
— Jim DeWitt (@JimDeWitt1) January 28, 2015
. @GovHowardDean As a veteran, your off the cuff apology NOT ACCEPTED. Good day.
— A Guy In Texas (@AGuyInTexas) January 28, 2015
@GovHowardDean nobody wants to hear your BS apology after you insulted Americans ??It’s ignorant people like you who disrespect our heroes
— Renegade Cowboy (@Rene_gadeCowboy) January 28, 2015
@GovHowardDean so you still attack the majority of Americans because unlike you they love this country Chickenhawk look n the mirror coward
— Phillip (@PhillipG76) January 28, 2015
h/t: Right Scoop
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