March 20, 2019

‘SNL’s’ Pete Davidson mocks candidate who lost an eye in Afghanistan blast

05 November 2018, 06:25 | Regina Holmes

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Texas Republican congressional candidate and former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw issued a response after "Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson mocked him for losing an eye while serving in Afghanistan.

Davidson seemed to be aware of Crenshaw's background during Saturday's Weekend Update segment, in which he gave his "first impressions" of various candidates running in this election cycle.

"This guy's kinda cool", Davidson said when introducing Crenshaw. "I know he lost his eye in war or whatever". Crenshaw, a war veteran, wears protective covering over an eye he lost to a war-related injury.

Davidson, whose whirlwind engagement with pop star Ariana Grande recently broke off, went on to make fun of the physical appearance of several congressional candidates, including Rick Scott (R-Florida), Peter King (R-New York) and Greg Pence (R-Indiana).

After outrage on social media, Crenshaw addressed the controversy in a tweet on Sunday, saying that he tries "not to offend" and tries harder "not to be offended". "They feel laughed at".

"I want us to get away from this culture where we demand an apology every time someone misspeaks", Crenshaw said. "I think that would be very healthy for our go in that direction".

"They probably should apologize, but I'm not going to demand an apology".

"I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is, it's nobody's business, and sometimes things just don't work out and that's okay".

Still, it doesn't look like Crenshaw is looking for an apology.

He lost his right eye when he was hit by an IED blast in Helmand province in 2012 during his third deployment, according to his campaign website. And here's the real atrocity in all this: "it wasn't even amusing".

"I have a thick skin", Crenshaw said, noting that when people, including his friends, make jokes about him, it "has to be original, has to be witty, and it has to actually be amusing".

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