Nov 11, 2018

Pete Davidson brings veteran Dan Crenshaw on SNL to apologize for mocking his war wound

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson appeared on the "Weekend Update" segment to apologize to former Navy SEAL and congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — and brought Crenshaw with him, per Variety.

What they're saying: "Davidson ... reiterated 'from the bottom of my heart' that it was a poor choice of words to say [on] the Nov. 3 'Weekend Update' ... that Crenshaw looked like 'a hitman from a porno..."

  • "Crenshaw rolled over to Davidson behind the desk to say, 'You think?' He also thanked Davidson for 'making a Republican look good.'"
  • "Davidson pointed out that Crenshaw lost his eye to an IED while he was fighting in Afghanistan during his third combat tour. He apologized directly to Crenshaw, who said they were good and the apology was accepted."

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