Bill Maher Blasts ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle as a ‘Psychopath’: He’s No Eisenhower (Video)

HBO “Real Time” host takes Bradley Cooper’s real-life inspiration to task, has kinder words for Clint Eastwood

Bill Maher

Bill Maher threw his opinion into the ring of noise surrounding Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper” on Friday’s “Real Time.”

The HBO talk-show host praised the film’s director, but added anything but kind words for the real Chris Kyle, who Bradley Cooper portrays in the now-blockbuster film.

Comparing war quotes between Kyle and Dwight D. Eisenhower, Maher concluded: “I just don’t see this guy in the same league as Eisenhower.”

Here are the quotes Maher was playing off of each other, Kyle’s first:

“I hate the damn savages. I’ve been fighting and I always will. I love killing bad guys, even with the pain I loved what I was doing. Maybe war isn’t really fun, but I certainly was enjoying it.”

Now Eisenhower’s: “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can.”

Maher, who called Kyle “a psychopath patriot,” was challenged by his panelists — including popular stand-up comedian Bill Burr — for his strong condemnation.

“You can’t sum up a man by one quote taken out of context,” Burr said. “When you fight in a war, I bet you say a lot of fucked up shit in the middle of it when someone is trying to kill you.”

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