Dan Crenshaw is a true hero in every sense of the word! He is a former Navy SEAL who served three tours in Afghanistan. He lost his right eye when he was wounded by an IED. He now wears an eye patch.
When Dan won the Republican nomination for Congress in TX-2 for the mid-term election his picture was plastered all over the nation. It got the attention of NBC’s Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson. During the November 3 Weekend Update segment of the show, Davidson pointed to a picture of Crenshaw with his eye patch and quipped:
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
What a disgusting and disgraceful joke to make about a wounded war veteran. The only war Davidson has ever fought in is the TV ratings war. Also disgusting and disgraceful was the laughter of the studio audience.
After a storm of criticism struck SNL, Crenshaw was invited to appear on Saturday’s show. Sitting next to Crenshaw, the comedian said:
“I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all the respect in the world.”
In accepting the apology, Crenshaw got in a few quips about Davidson, such as: “[He] looks like if the meth from Breaking Bad was a person” and “He looks like a troll doll with a tapeworm.”
Crenshaw also got serious and said:
“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.”
And Crenshaw showed what a classy guy he is by calling attention to the fact that Davidson’s father was among the heroes honored on Veterans Day because he was a firefighter who died on 9/11 when the comedian was only 7-years-old.
The folks in the 2nd Congressional District of Texas are very fortunate to have Dan Crenshaw as their representative in Washington.
Not a big fan of Crenshaw’s political views, but I respect his service immensely and I think he handled SNL’s pathetic “joke” with amazing class.
Thank you for showing such class yourself and helping to prove that even though we may not all agree, we can still be kind!
Classy. Would that there were more, on both sides.