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Pete Davidson Apologized to Wounded Vet Dan Crenshaw for That Bad Eye Patch Joke
Last week, Pete Davidson and Saturday Night Live made the unfortunate and easily avoidable decision to mock the appearance of Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, who, as Davidson put it, “lost his eye in war, or whatever.” Crenshaw went on to win his congressional race, and appeared on the latest segment of Weekend Update alongside a now-apologetic Davidson.
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” said Davidson. “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.”
Crenshaw joined Davidson at the anchor’s desk, and thanked him for “making a Republican look good.” He paused as his cell phone rang, revealing that his ringtone was Ariana Grande’s “Breathin.'”
“Do you know her?” he asked Davidson.
Because turn around is fair play, Crenshaw then made cracks about Davidson’s looks, saying that the comic “looks like a troll doll with a tapeworm.”
He then finished the segment with a unifying Veterans Day message:
There’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and 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.” 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.
Pete never should have made his cruel crack, out of respect for Crenshaw and his service, as well as the millions of veterans—and all of the physically disabled people—across the country. Crenshaw’s speech was moving, his delivery charming and he nailed his jokes better than most Weekend Update interlopers. But, as with so many Trump-era conservatives, his message of unity is undermined by the fact “build the wall” is literally part of his campaign platform.