Howard Dean believes that the millions of American Sniper fans are primarily just "angry" Tea Party members. The former Democratic National Chairman shared his views about the Chris Kyle supporters during a weekend appearance on the Bill Maher show on HBO – backlash quickly ensued via Twitter and Facebook.
"There's a lot of anger in this country, and the people who go see this movie are people who are very angry," Howard Dean said about the American Sniper Chris Kyle moviegoers. "This guy [Chris Kyle] basically says, "I'm going to fight on your side. I bet if you looked at the cross-section of the Tea Party and people who see this movie, there's a lot of intersection."
Many Tea Party members took Howard Dean's American Sniper assessment as a compliment, noting their swelling ranks. The Clint Eastwood film about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and has earned approximately $200 million at the box office just a few weeks after its release. American Sniper is one of the highest grossing movies ever released during the month of January.