A few weeks ago, during a Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment, comedian Pete Davidson made a joke about former Navy SEAL and current congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw’s eye patch, saying that he looked like “a hit man from a porno movie.” It may have made for a cheap laugh, but Davidson really got himself in trouble with his attempt to qualify his remarks after the joke.
“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever,” Davidson quipped. As Davidson himself would point out the following week, his joke at Crenshaw’s expense did have one positive outcome.
“If anything good came from this, maybe it was that for one day, the Left and the Right finally came together to agree on something — that I’m a dick.” He joked with the newly minted congressman-elect at his side; on-hand to accept Davidson’s apology and to deliver an important message of his own. Crenshaw, who admitted he was initially reluctant to go on SNL over Veteran’s Day weekend, took the opportunity to do something that has become rather uncommon in today’s political world; he delivered an important message on a national stage without resorting to the sort of political trench warfare we’ve become so accustomed to.
There’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” Crenshaw said after throwing Davidson a few well-written jabs. “It’s not just that the Left and the Right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”