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Exclusive: Chris Kyle's brother on 'American Sniper'

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 30, 2015. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Welcome back to "Hannity." It is the movie that has taken America by storm, Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" smashing box office records and is shining a light on a true American hero, Chris Kyle. 

Take a look.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "AMERICAN SNIPER")

LUKE GRIMES AS "MARC LEE": They're Marines. They don't get the training we do. Half these guys were civilians six months ago.

BRADLEY COOPER AS "CHRIS KYLE": Well, let's coach them up. I'll show them how team guys do it. I'll let the unit on the street.

GRIMES: No, can't do that. We need you on overwatch (ph).

COOPER: Come on. If I'm on the street, Mark, I can --

(CROSSTALK)

GRIMES: House to house is the deadliest job here, man. You got some sort of savior complex?

COOPER: I just want to get the bad guys, but if I can't see them, I can't shoot them.

GRIMES: All these guys, they know your name. And they feel invincible with you up there.

COOPER: They're not.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: And just today, Texas governor Greg Abbott declared February 2nd, the anniversary of Chris Kyle's death two years ago, to be Chris Kyle Day in the great state of Texas.

Joining me now is Chris's brother, Jeff Kyle. Jeff, very nice to meet you, sir. Thanks for being with us.

JEFF KYLE, CHRIS KYLE'S BROTHER: Thank you, Sean.

HANNITY: I really appreciate it. I was inspired by this movie. I want to get your thoughts, A, on the movie. What do you think of the success of the movie, and what does it tell you about the American people?

KYLE: It's overwhelming to see the support of the American people, you know, just and to know that it's actually getting the message out there that Chris wanted. You know, it's not just about Chris. It's about all of us. And you know, I think that speaks volumes for the American people that are going to it time and time again...

HANNITY: Yes.

KYLE: ... to see it.

HANNITY: Do you -- do you feel it captured your brother well? Do you think it was an accurate portrayal of who Chris was?

KYLE: I think Cooper did a really good job. He put a lot of work into it, and you know, really captured Chris and put it out there. You know, he put everything he had into it, and I think it came out well.

HANNITY: Yes. I got to ask you about some of the controversy surrounding this. Let me -- you know what's been said, but to remind people, you know, Michael Moore, his first tweet, "My uncle killed by sniper World War II, we were taught snipers were cowards, will shoot you in the back. Snipers aren't heroes, and invaders are worse." 

You know, that's just one of a number of tweets. I find him ignorant, but it did spark a big debate and controversy.  What do you say back to Michael Moore about your brother, who was a skilled sniper that saved American lives?

KYLE: You know, just because somebody was killed by a sniper, it doesn't make snipers cowards. Snipers are -- they're saviors. We've all -- everybody that's been over there and been in that situation was damn proud to have a sniper on overwatch (ph). And you know, I mean, it -- for them to say that they're cowards, you know, that would be like PETA calling Michael Moore a murderer for all the cheeseburgers he's eating.

(LAUGHTER)

KYLE: You know, it's pretty -- it's pretty cowardice.

HANNITY: I think you got -- I've gotten to know your dad a little bit, and the story about your dad sitting down with Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper and saying, if you dishonor my son, I'm going to open up the gates of hell. I kind of see where your humor's from, and also where the courage of your brother came from.

There are a lot of people that have now tried to smear your brother's name. I'm going to play this idiot from NBC News. And the American people have responded another way. I'm going to ask you about the difference between those that would smear brave men and those responding to this movie. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "MORNING JOE"/MSNBC, JAN. 29)

AYMAN MOHYELDIN, NBC CORRESPONDENT: It is a very compelling, very thought-provoking, very emotional movie.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But?

MOHYELDIN: When you juxtapose it with the real Chris Kyle and the story and what has emerged about

what kind of personality he was in his own words, very far from reality --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're talking about the stories when he was back home in Texas, which may not have been true? Is that what you're talking about?

MOHYELDIN: A lot of 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 described as his racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims as he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq on assignment.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Is it hard -- your brother put -- did four tours of duty.  You have this loudmouth, idiotic NBC liberal commentator who doesn't know your brother for a hole in the wall, making allegations. Is that hard for you to hear that? That would -- that would piss me off if it was my brother being talked about that way.

KYLE: Oh, it definitely pisses me off. I mean, it pisses all of us off. You know, whether he was blood brother or not, everybody that served with him and everybody that knew Chris, yes, they know it's not true. So they can run their mouth. You know, they're going to be cowards. They're not going to say it to anybody's face. They're going to hide behind a camera and do it online.

HANNITY: Yes.

KYLE: So you know, I mean, they're not even worth, you know, getting all riled up about. You know, they're...

HANNITY: So you haven't really paid much attention...

(CROSSTALK)

KYLE: They're gonna be out there no matter who it is.

HANNITY: In other words, none of this has bothered you? What the Hollywood left thinks, you don't care. What is it then -- then when you look...

KYLE: I...

HANNITY: Go ahead.

KYLE: Yes, I mean, I hear it all and I see it all. But you know, I mean, like everybody knows, they're idiots. All of us that have been in that situation and all of us that knew Chris and lived with Chris, you know, we know how he is. So we know the true story. And we know those people out there are just idiots.

HANNITY: You know, and then you've got this record-breaking response.  By the way, your dad sent me a sweatshirt with your brother's name on it.  Then you got all -- and everyone asks me about it when I'm wearing it.  Where'd you get that? Where'd you get -- I want one. I want one.

What do you -- the American people responding this way, that also says -- that sends another message that I think is far more powerful because all these other movies that are made, they're all duds. Nobody wants to go see them. And then this movie comes on the scene, and $105 million in the first week and record-breaking numbers every week since. What does -- how do you interpret that, as your brother -- he ended up losing his life.

KYLE: I think it just goes right along with Chris and who he was because it puts the message out. It's not a war story. You know, it's not a shoot 'em up, blow 'em up movie. It's a story about a soldier in combat.  Whether it's on the battlefield or off it, he's still in combat, you know?  So it tells that story and it shows what every soldier that has been in that situation -- what we have to go through in country and back home.

HANNITY: Yes.

KYLE: You know, it never stops. So I think that's why it hit home for so many people and really opened their eyes, you know, not just because it was Chris, but because they could put -- you know, mothers and fathers could put their son in that situation and kind of see what their child went through over there and then how they dealt with it when they came home.  And it answered a lot of questions for them about why they act the way they do when they do come home.

HANNITY: All right, Jeff, good to talk to you. It's been great to know your dad and Taya, great family. All the best to you. Thanks for being with us.

KYLE: Thank you, Sean.

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