Howard Dean apologizes to vets for sniper movie trash-talk, but not to ‘right-wing nut jobs’

Howard Dean did something this week that he’s “almost never done in politics.”

No, not be honest — apologize.

But not to the “thousands of right-wing nut jobs.”

After being excoriated for making the asinine comment that only “very angry” people are going to see the highly popular film “American Sniper, culminating with actor Gary Sinise tearing him a new one, Howard Dean wants to apologize to veterans.

During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Dean offered his conditional apology for critiquing the film he has never seen.

“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,” the former Vermont governor said. “We owe them a lot and I think this movie was much more nuanced than I thought.”

“But you’ll not take the word “nutbags” back?” host Chris Matthews laughingly chimed in.

(Matthews would later classify American Sniper as a “recruitment film” for 18-year-old kids.)

“No. To the people who tweeted me over the weekend and used a lot of bad language, they are chickenhawks and I have no respect for them,” Dean replied.

Watch the full exchange here via YouTube.

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