SNL Thrashed by Twitter (and the NRCC) for Making Fun of GOP Candidate Who Lost His Eye to an IED


Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson was big news recently after he was dumped by Ariana Grande, and last week decided against running with a skit about her that he’d written for Saturday’s show. But the bit he kept – making fun of Republican Dan Crenshaw‘s war injury – might have been the better clip for the cutting room floor. At least if you measure by social media backlash, that is.

The joke, such as it was, was a flippant remark about Crenshaw having lost his eye “in war, or whatever.” Crenshaw is running as a Republican in the Texas’ second congressional district. He lost that eye in an IED blast while deployed for a third time to Afghanistan. In the blast, his right was also severely damaged, leaving him blind. After several surgeries, some sight was restored in the right eye, and Crenshaw, who was a Navy SEAL, continued to serve.

Here is the joke about that, from Davidson.

The negative reception was widespread, including from Fox’s Greg Gutfeld, The View‘s Meghan McCain, Politico’s Jake Sherman, several politicians, and even the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The NRCC issued a statement on the incident.

“Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country. Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend – because they’re not laughing,” wrote spokesman Jack Pandol for the NRCC.

Everyone broke up with Pete Davidson, it seems. This probably didn’t go the way they thought it would, but that may be because it was a Republican, and not a Democrat, who was being mocked.

UPDATE Crenshaw responds via Twitter.

“I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended,” he wrote. “That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”

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