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Pete Davidson brings the Republican he made fun of on ‘SNL’

Pete Davidson apologizes to Dan Crenshaw after saying he looked like a "hitman in a porno movie."


Elizabeth VanMetre

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Posted on Nov 11, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 1:56 am CDT

A week after making highly criticized jokes about Texas Congressman-elect Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw on Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson brought him on the show to apologize.

Last Saturday night during “Weekend Update,” Davidson compared the former Navy SEAL to “a hitman in a porno movie.”

“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever,” he joked.

But this week he took a more serious tone.

“I mean this from the bottom of my heart: I made a poor choice of words,” he told the audience. “If any good came of it, it’s that for one day, the left and right finally came together to agree on something: that I’m a dick.”

“Ya think?” Crenshaw said as he wheeled onto the set on a rolling chair.  The crowd burst into laughter as he thanked Davidson for “making a Republican look good.” He also accepted Davidson’s apology.

Crenshaw lost his eye when an IED exploded during his third tour in Afghanistan in 2012.

And in a way to get Davidson back, Crenshaw’s phone went off, playing Ariana Grande’s song “Breathin’.” Davidson and Grande recently broke off their engagement.

He then played the game “first impressions” with a photo of Davidson, jokingly comparing his pictures to Martin Short’s character in The Santa Clause 3.

Crenshaw concluded the segment with a word on unity for Veterans’ Day weekend. “There’s a lot to learn here. Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also, Americans can forgive one another,” he said. “We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”

He asked that Americans tell veterans “never forget.”

When you say ‘never forget’ to a veteran, you’re implying that as an American, you are in it with them,” Crenshaw said. “Not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful, fellow Americans. We’ll never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present, and never forget those we lost on 9/11 — heroes like Pete’s father.”

Davidson’s dad was a firefighter killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The interaction also humanized a person who many on the left disagree with.

Crenshaw has become somewhat of a weapon of the GOP because he appeals to younger voters but has far-right views on issues such as abortion and immigration.

Last week Crenshaw dismissed Davidson’s SNL sketch on Twitter by saying he tries “not to be offended” but added, “vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.” 

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*First Published: Nov 11, 2018, 12:38 pm CST