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Howard Dean Apologizes to Military but not to “Right-Wing Nut Jobs” in Tea Party

Earlier this week we brought you the story of Howard Dean’s disgusting comments about Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper” movie and the Tea Party.

Here’s what Dean said on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

“There’s a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry. And this guy basically says ‘I’m going to fight on your side.’ … I bet you if you looked at a cross-section of the Tea Party and the people who go to see this movie, there’s a lot of intersection.”

Well, Dean caught a lot of flack for those comments and Wednesday on MSNBC he was forced to backtrack… kind of. He chose to apologize to the folks in the military that he may have offended but not to the “right-wing nut jobs” who had apparently been harassing him since he made the comments.



Howard Dean: 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.

Chris Matthews: But you’ll not take the word nutbags back?

Howard 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 —


Don’t you love how the liberal mind works?

Dean says something disgusting about a hug swath of the population and somehow the people who get mad at him for doing so are the bad guys.

Honestly, though Dean apologized to our military men and women, they shouldn’t let him off the hook that easy. During this exchange, Real Time host Bill Maher called Chris Kyle a “patriotic psychopath,” a phrase which Dean seemed to consider perfectly reasonable.

If Chris Kyle is a “psychopath” as Maher and Dean seem to believe… what does that make each and every other one of our servicemen and women? Liberals may truly believe that they don’t hate the military, but their actions (and their words) indicate otherwise. Howard Dean has simply given us another example of this ugly truth.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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