Ron Paul refuses to apologize for his tweet attacking war hero and murder victim Chris Kyle. Meanwhile, in an interview with, Ron Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), offered a different take:

[Ron] Paul’s son, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has told Breitbart News exclusively, “Chris Kyle was a hero like all Americans who don the uniform to defend our country. Our prayers are with his family during this tragic time.”

While Sen. Paul did not condemn his father’s remarks, he at least was willing to call Chris Kyle what he was: An American hero. To many Twitter users, that itself is a significant difference, as the elder Paul seems to see Kyle as the trigger-happy personification of American imperialism:

Still, a few tweeters were unsatisfied, noting that the Senator did not denounce his father’s remarks or comment on his father’s reprehensible statement blaming Kyle’s military service for his death.