Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) demonstrated his grace again after he revealed that he made a phone call to check in on SNL star Pete Davidson after he made some concerning posts on social media.
Crenshaw and Davidson’s relationship started off with some tension, to say the least. As IJR previously reported, Davidson faced massive backlash after he made a joke about Crenshaw’s eye patch — even though he knew it was the result of a war injury.
Although Crenshaw could have lashed out at Davidson, he chose to be gracious and appeared on SNL the following week to show Americans that forgiveness is a good thing.
Crenshaw accepted Davidson’s apology and also noted that Davidson’s family understands sacrifice, given that his father died serving as a fireman on September 11, 2001.
This past Saturday, Davidson caused many to be concerned about his wellbeing after he posted a message on Instagram.
In the since-deleted post, Davidson wrote:
“I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don’t know how much longer I can last. All I’ve ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.”
In response, many of his celebrity friends rushed to check in on him. He ended up appearing briefly on SNL that night to introduce the musical guest, but he didn’t participate in any of the live skits.
After the dust settled, Crenshaw called Davidson to make sure he was doing okay. He explained the situation to KPRC news.
Responding to what appeared to be a call for help from comedian Pete Davidson, @DanCrenshawTX with me for #HouNewsmakers EXTRA talks about his response and phone call. https://t.co/BRiFwhBjD8 pic.twitter.com/GpqlUCPXpw
— Khambrel Marshall (@KPRC2Khambrel) December 17, 2018
“It was pretty devastating. You know you don’t want to see somebody in that kind of position to the point that they’re actually putting out a cry for help on social media. That’s not a good place to be in. I talked to him personally, yesterday and I talked to him for a little bit about it. And you know, we don’t go back very far, we’re not good friends, but I think he appreciated hearing from me.
What I told him was this: Everybody has a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason and a purpose, but it’s your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way, seeking out that purpose, not expecting it to be given to you by anybody else. And to know that you have value and that you do more good than you realize for people. Especially a guy like that. He makes people laugh.”
Crenshaw said it was “a good conversation.” Clearly, Crenshaw is the type of friend you want in your corner, even if the friendship started on a rocky note.