Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” Wednesday morning, Sen. John McCain ripped liberal filmmaker Michael Moore’s comments on “American Sniper,” calling them “idiotic” and questioning whether he’d rather revert to “hand-to-hand fighting.”
McCain made the comments to CNBC host and columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin.
SORKIN: I don’t know if you saw this new movie, American Sniper, but it’s causing a bit of a commotion and I want to get your reaction. Michael Moore has been critical of the film. He tweeted this. He said, ‘My uncle killed by a sniper in World War II. We were taught snipers were cowards, will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes and invaders or worse.’ What did you think about it? Did you see the movie?
MCCAIN: I haven’t seen the movie yet and I intend to see it as soon as possible. But sometimes when I hear an idiotic statement like that from someone like Michael Moore I don’t want to dignify it with a response because it’s so outrageous. That’s like saying we should not use airplanes, we should not use tanks, we should not use any other weapon. What does he want, us to go back to hand-to-hand fighting?
But the most important thing is that these brave young man — and they’re the most highly skilled — save the lives of others of their comrades because they are able to neutralize or take out an enemy that’s bent on destroying them. So the better capability we have and the finer young man that we have the better off we’re gonna be. It really does a great disservice to say that about so many of our young men and women who are serving in the Marines, in the Army, and many of them are scout snipers, so it’s almost insulting to them.