Dan Crenshaw Had Vets in Mind When He Decided ‘SNL’ Appearance After Offensive Joke Was ‘Right Thing to Do’

After making a guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live” (“SNL”), where he accepted an apology from cast member Pete Davidson, Dan Crenshaw appeared on NBC News to continue to share the importance of forgiveness and veterans.

Lt. Cmdr. Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL who was hit by an IED that took his right eye and severely damaged his left eye. Davidson made fun of him for his eye patch as he was running for Congress in Texas’ 2nd District, which he’s since won.

“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson previously remarked. “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”

However, the war hero slid onto the show’s “Weekend Update” set to accept his apology, roast Davidson in return, and share an encouragement for Americans on Veterans Day.

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“We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other,” Crenshaw shared during the “SNL” skit.

“Thanks for having me @nbcsnl. What an experience! And what a way to highlight the importance of honoring our vets, especially this weekend. #neverforget,” Crenshaw wrote on Twitter after the appearance.

On NBC’s “Today” show, Crenshaw reiterated the importance of not only thanking a veteran but telling them to “never forget”:

“Veterans always appreciate it when someone says ‘thank you for your service,’ and I wanted to suggest a different option, which is ‘never forget.’ I suggested that because it’s less transactional.

When you thank somebody, it’s almost like you’re on the other side of them. When you’re saying ‘never forget,’ it’s almost like this secret code between Americans where we all recognize that we can never forget the sacrifice of our veterans, past and present, but also never forget why a lot of veterans are still out in the fight right now.”

He added that the “SNL” appearance “felt like the right thing to do.”

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As a war hero, Crenshaw is adamant about urging people to connect with veterans for their sacrifice and commitment to the country.

Ahead of Veterans Day, Crenshaw shared on Twitter that “the commitment to service over self begins when service-members raise their right hand to swear an oath. This is the promise to defend the Constitution that we carry with us for a lifetime.”

Crenshaw defeated his Democratic opponent for Texas’ 2nd District, Todd Litton, by 7.7 points on Tuesday.

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I sometimes wonder if “optimism”, refusing to dwell on the negative AND refusing to give up, is one of the most underrated human qualities.

Bravo to Mr. Crenshaw for his service AND his optimism. I hope it made a positve impact on the cast and writers of SNL, including on Davidson.





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