- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jeff Kyle, the brother of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, has responded to director Michael Moore’s Twitter post calling snipers “cowards.”

“Just because somebody was killed by a sniper, it doesn’t make snipers cowards. Snipers are — they’re saviors,” Mr. Kyle told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Friday night. He said that those who have served overseas have been “damn proud” to have snipers watching over them.

“For them to say that they’re cowards, that would be like PETA calling Michael Moore a murderer for all the cheeseburgers he’s eaten,” Mr. Kyle said.

He continued to say that other disparaging comments against his brother from the Hollywood left “piss me off” but said that he and others in the military community know that they are not true.

Mr. Kyle said that the success of “American Sniper” has been overwhelming and encouraging.

“It puts a message out. It’s not a war story, it’s not a shoot ‘em up, blow ‘em up movie. It’s a story about a soldier in combat, whether it’s on the battlefield or off, he’s still in combat,” Mr. Kyle said.

“American Sniper” has made roughly $265 million since it was widely released Jan. 16. The film, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradly Cooper, has been Oscar-nominated for Best Picture.

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