“I can’t get out of Pete Davidson’s head,” cracked Rep. Dan Crenshaw. Davidson had made news again when he whined during his Netflix special: “So I made fun of this guy with an eye patch and then, like, I kind of got forced to apologize,” referring to a famous Saturday Night Live segment.
In his recently released special, “Alive from New York,” Davidson, a comedian and cast member on SNL, revisited the 2018 episode that certainly elevated his name recognition for better or worse.
“I got in trouble last year because I was making some jokes,” said Davidson during the special. “I didn’t think I did anything wrong. It was like words that were twisted so that a guy could be famous … So I made fun of this guy with an eye patch and then, like, I kind of got forced to apologize.”
He said he apologized so he wouldn’t “get shot in the face,” claiming critics were threatening him. One week after Davidson’s insolent comments in 2018, Crenshaw appeared on SNL and Davidson apologized to him in a memorable segment.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 11, 2018
It’s puzzling why Davidson would choose to walk-back the apology he made at the time after originally insulting Crenshaw and war vets in general, because it’s sure to again bring scorn his way from conservatives and military supporters.
Speaking with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade on Friday, Crenshaw took the high road. “I can’t get out of Pete Davidson’s head. He has been thinking about me a lot for the past year as he built his comedy routine apparently. I’m not so sure his jokes always land. It is what it is. It’s like our comedic careers are joined at the hip because he can’t stop thinking about me. It’s a little sad,” he said.
Kilmeade attempted to get more of a reaction from the congressman, but he wasn’t taking the bait.
“We had a really good moment, you know, at that time in 2018,” he continued. “America liked it [the televised apology]. The left and right liked it. So, you know, we don’t really want to ruin that.”
Crenshaw related a memory that showed he wanted to keep a positive view.
“The Pete Davidson I remember, you know, he went out to buy some cigarettes while we were rehearsing,” Crenshaw recalled, “and he came back because he had found this lighter that said ‘Never Forget’ on it and he gave that to me as a gesture. He said this was kind of cool that this happened to come up as he was buying cigarettes.”
Crenshaw added that he believed Davidson “meant well at the time,” but “you can never tell with comedians.”
“To be fair, if we took everything that comedians said on a Netflix special seriously, man, our country would be in a world of hurt,” he said. “I would like to remember the guy that I saw in person and hung out with that night.”
The 2018 Outrage
During an election-year SNL “Weekend Update” skit, Davidson was making fun of various candidates when he brazenly derided Crenshaw for his appearance, and subsequently all military veterans with a callous dismissal of war injuries.
“You may be surprised to hear he is a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said during the skit, as an image of candidate Crenshaw wearing his eye patch was shown. “I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Of course, Crenshaw, an increasingly popular Republican who won his election, is a bona fide hero who served 10-years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander, before retiring in 2016 after five tours of duty as a Navy SEAL after he lost an eye resulting from an IED detonation in Afghanistan. During his service, Crenshaw earned two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor.
“One of our Afghan interpreters stepped on a pressure plate right in front of me. About 15 pounds of explosives dismembered him right in front of my face. It blinded me, shattered me and knocked me over,” he said in 2018.
“I woke up about five days later. They took some time to stabilize me in Afghanistan and do the surgery to remove my right eye. I woke up without a right eye and blind in the left. They had little faith I would see again, but the fact they said there was a chance … I really believed I would see again.”
Watch Kilmeade’s interview with Crenshaw …
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