This was a really touching moment on Saturday night’s show. Republicans and Democrats alike were outraged last week after Pete Davidson mocked a wounded vet who lost his eye while serving as a Navy SEAL. Saturday night Davidson apologized. And it led to a rare call for unity from a Republican.
Last week Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson was widely criticized after he mocked the appearance of Republican wounded vet Dan Crenshaw. This week the comedy show brought Crenshaw on to face Davidson about the controversy. And it turned out to be a really special moment.
Crenshaw lost his right eye in 2012 when he was serving as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He’s now a Republican politician who just won a House seat in last week’s midterm elections. And on Saturday night he joined Weekend Update as Davidson was in the middle of apologizing for his comments.
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock to people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said. He went on to call Crenshaw a “war hero” and said that he “deserves all the respect in the world.”
After Davidson thanked him for coming on the show, Crenshaw responded, “Thanks for making a Republican look good.”
Later in the segment Davidson said that it would only be fair if he let Crenshaw mock his appearance. And Crenshaw played along.
But the really special moment came after the jokes when Crenshaw tried to use the controversy as a healing opportunity.
“There’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” he began. “Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but that also that Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”