Pete Davidson and the producers at Saturday Night Live may need to see a doctor after they read the blistering statement the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) put out about their shameful segment mocking war hero Dan Crenshaw for wearing an eye patch.
Crenshaw is a retired Navy SEAL who lost his right eye after being hit by an IED during his third of five overseas deployments. After his military retirement, Crenshaw received his Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is running for Congress in Texas’s second district.
In a bit where Davidson mocked the “really gross people running for office this year,” the cast member mocked Crenshaw’s appearance.
“Dan Crenshaw, no hold on. 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.”
Davidson wrapped up the bit by referencing his breakup with singer Ariana Grande and asking people to go vote on Tuesday.
This didn’t sit well with the NRCC, who release a scorching statement blasting Davidson and demanding an apology from SNL.
“Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country. Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend – because they’re not laughing.” -NRCC Spokesman Jack Pandol
The NRCC wasn’t alone in their condemnation of Davidson and SNL.
What a disrespectful little punk. The pajama boys that mock men of real courage and patriotism always seem to be on the Left
Their side makes them feel brave for hashtags about 37 genders and Grammy speeches about racism
Meanwhile, Crenshaw is an actual ass kicking hero https://t.co/p5waucVGO6
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) November 4, 2018
The unhinged Left has respect for no one, including our nations war heroes. Utterly shameful that @nbcsnl is mocking Republican Congressional candidate and Navy Seal veteran @DanCrenshawTX for his sacrifice in the line of duty.https://t.co/D3Snni9BZC
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) November 4, 2018
Yeah, I have the world's darkest sense of humor, but this was offensive and stupid. https://t.co/nniKL3HqPW
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) November 4, 2018
Many were quick to highlight Crenshaw’s amazing story, making it even more clear as to how disgusting Davidson’s comments were.
from Crenshaw's website:"Dan was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was evacuated and awoke from his medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was..badly damaged." https://t.co/nsm1QWTYZP
— Katie Glueck (@katieglueck) November 4, 2018
Fun fact: Dan Crenshaw did three tours BEFORE losing the eye. After he lost the eye, he went back and did two more. https://t.co/mn8XueBd8w
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) November 4, 2018
Crenshaw’s Democratic opponent, Todd Litton, also condemned SNL’s skit, but many believe that the added attention on the Navy SEAL’s congressional bid will likely hurt Litton’s odds.
No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, Dan’s military service and sacrifice for our country are to be admired and appreciated. Period.
— Todd Litton (@toddlitton) November 4, 2018
I don’t know who Dan Crenshaw’s opponent is, but Pete Davidson just assured him a crushing loss. https://t.co/t7SZjrovFO
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) November 4, 2018
Cook Political Report shows Crenshaw’s district as “likely Republican.” Voters across the nation will cast their midterm votes on Tuesday.