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'SNL' mocks Navy SEAL who lost eye

05 November 2018
'SNL' mocks Navy SEAL who lost eye

A Saturday Night Live cast member ridiculed the eye patch worn by former Navy SEAL and Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, who lost his right eye during a combat tour in Afghanistan.

SNL's Pete Davidson is facing enormous backlash after a bit on "Weekend Update" likening Crenshaw to a "hit man in a porno movie".

With a photo of Crenshaw over his shoulder, Davidson remarked: "This guy's kind of cool".

For the uninitiated, Davidson mocked the appearance of the Republican candidate in Texas 2nd district Dan Crenshaw who wears an eyepatch from having been wounded during his military service.

NRCC spokesperson, Jack Pandol, released a statement Sunday, criticizing Davidson's actions, adding that being dumped is "no excuse for lashing out" at a war hero.

He went through Rick Scott and Peter King before arriving at Dan Crenshaw.

Crenshaw detailed the attack that cost him his eye in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation in March.

On Sunday, Crenshaw, who faces Democrat Todd Litton on Tuesday, reacted to the joke in a tweet, writing that, "I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes". In speaking to TMZ, Crenshaw shared, "I want us to get away from this culture where we demand apologies every time someone misspeaks. Right? It was not original, it was not amusing, it was just mean-spirited and that's how I feel about it", Crenshaw told TMZ, according to Fox News.

"We need to stop thousands of people from illegally crossing from one side of our border to the other", he said.

"They probably should apologize, but I'm not going to demand an apology". They can do whatever they want, you know. He was evacuated and awoke from his medically induced coma learning that his right eye had been destroyed in the blast and his left eye was still present, but badly damaged.

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