"American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood, has been a box office juggernaut. But the movie has also been steeped in controversy with liberals and conservatives drawing political battle lines.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman and former POW John McCain weighed in Wednesday in a CNBC interview—calling statements made by liberal filmmaker Michael Moore "idiotic."
In criticizing "American Sniper," Moore tweeted last week:
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.
This provoked an avalanche of criticism on social media and the 24-hour news channels.
McCain told "Squawk Box" Wednesday morning: "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."