On Thursday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin revealed his very critical view of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL upon which the movie “American Sniper” is based.
According to Mohyeldin, the film was not historically accurate and the real Chris Kyle was a different person.
Partial transcript as follows:
MOHYELDIN: It is a very compelling, very thought-provoking, very emotional movie.
JOE SCARBOROUGH, co-host, “Morning Joe”: But?
MOHYELDIN: When you juxtapose it with the real Chris Kyle and what has emerged about what kind of personality he was, in his own words —
WILLIE GEIST, co-host “Morning Joe”: You’re talking about the stories when he was back home in Texas which may have not been true? Is that what you’re talking about?
MOHYELDIN: A lot of his stories when he was back home in Texas, a lot of his own personal opinions about what he was doing in Iraq, how he viewed Iraqis. Some of what people have described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment. So I think there are issues —
SCARBOROUGH: Wait, wait. Killing sprees? Chris Kyle was going on killing sprees?
MOHYELDIN: When he was involved in his — on assignments in terms of what he was doing. A lot of the description that has come out from his book and some of the terminology that he has used, people have described as racist.
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