SNL mocks former Navy SEAL, now a political candidate, for the eye he lost in combat

SNL mocks former Navy SEAL, now a political candidate, for the eye he lost in combat
Dan Crenshaw, retired Navy SEAL running as a Republican for TX-02. (Image: Dan Crenshaw, Facebook via DCNF)

[Ed. – Yes, you read that right.  It’s not a reductionist interpretation of the joke.  It’s the actual “joke.”]

In an appearance on “Weekend Update” during this week’s Saturday Night Live, castmember Pete Davidson spoke about the upcoming midterm elections and offered his “first impressions” of several candidates. But his comments about Dan Crenshaw — a Republican candidate for Congress and a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in an IED blast while serving in Afghanistan in 2012 — have drawn criticism online.

“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate in Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson joked as a picture of Crenshaw appeared onscreen. “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever. Whatever.”

The candidate’s website describes the events of his injury: “On Dan’s third deployment in 2012, his life changed forever. After six months of combat operations, Dan was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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