Last weekend, Saturday Night Comedian Pete Davidson, ignited a bit of a firestorm when he made fun then Congressional Candidate, Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw, a Lt. Cmdr. in the Navy and a SEAL, lost his eye when he was hit by an IED during his third deployment to Afghanistan.
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Davidson said Crenshaw looked like hit man from a porn movie. Here is the clip if you haven’t seen it:
The move drew nearly universal condemnation as making fun of a war hero is generally frowned upon by nearly everyone, regardless of political party.
Interestingly, SNL making fun of Crenshaw may have actually helped him, as the national attention could have been part of the reason he was able to secure over 52% of the vote in Texas’ 2nd congressional district and earn him a spot in Congress starting in January.
Crenshaw was never very worried about the comments made by Davidson and at one point even said, “SEALs don’t get offended. That’s just not what we do.”
Crenshaw used his several national media appearances from the issue to champion veterans’ rights as well as several other issues important to his campaign.
In a move pretty much no one saw coming, on the Saturday following his election, Crenshaw was being talked about by SNL’s Davidson once again. However, this time it was a sincere apology from the comedian.
Crenshaw then entered the set and proceeded to roast Davidson for a couple of minutes before going into a heartfelt message for all Americans about forgiveness, togetherness, and respecting veterans.
“But seriously, there’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” said the former SEAL. “Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country, and still see the good in each other.”
“This is Veterans Day weekend. Which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran. Maybe say ‘thanks for your service’, but I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a veteran, ‘never forget’,” he continued. “When you say ‘never forget’ to a veteran, you are implying that as an American, you are in it with them. Not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans, who will never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present.”
“And never forget those we lost on 9/11. Heroes like Pete’s father. So I’ll just say, Pete. Never forget,” he concluded.
“Never forget,” said Davidson. “And that is from both of us.”
Here is the full clip of Crenshaw’s appearance on SNL: