In response to the unexpected and overwhelming box office success of American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award-nominated drama based on the autobiography of the late Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL proclaimed to be the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore tweeted the following:
My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 18, 2015
But if you're on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who've come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 19, 2015
So, in less than 140 characters, Moore implied that all American snipers involved in the Iraq War were cowards. And in less-than-140 more characters, he implied that the ones firing back at the Americans were the true heroes.
Can we revoke this man’s citizenship yet? Someone get a petition started.
Unsurprisingly, Moore’s comments drew a lot of heat, and none were as fired up as Sarah Palin. You see, Palin knew Kyle personally. Not only was Kyle on Palin’s security team when she visited Pella, Iowa in 2011, but her husband Todd competed against Kyle on the NBC show “Stars and Stripes” in 2012 to raise money for charity. When Kyle was murdered in 2013 by a former Marine suffering from PTSD, the Palins attended his funeral, and Todd donated his winnings from an Iron Dog race that year to Kyle’s memorial fund.
All that being said, Palin didn’t mince any words when firing back at Moore:
Moore: 0, Palin: 1