For some reason, the comedy show “Saturday Night Live” thought it’d be funny to mock and deride a Texas Republican congressional candidate who lost an eye while fighting to protect our country. But now after election night, he’s gotten the last laugh.
Former U.S. Navy Seal Dan Crenshaw had been running against Democrat Todd Litton in the Lone Star State’s second congressional district. He wears a patch over the eye he lost in Afghanistan.
“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie,” said laughing cast member Pete Davidson in a recent episode of “SNL.” “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
Crenshaw replied to Davidson, “Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope [Saturday Night Live] recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
Many other people blasted Davidson, too, like Daily Wire editor Emily Zanotti, “Fun fact: Dan Crenshaw did three tours BEFORE losing the eye. After he lost the eye, he went back and did two more.”
But on the midterm election night, Crenshaw scored a resounding victory by winning 53 percent of the votes over Litton’s 45 percent, according to NBC News.
"Texans are hardworking, love their country and believe in the American ideal; the greatest set of ideas for a free people that the world has ever known,” Crenshaw said after his win. “As a team that was the message we spread for the last year. Thank you for your dedication and trust. See you in Washington!"
As for what effect “SNL’s” disgusting joke had in stirring up voters to cast their ballot for him, Crenshaw acknowledged, "I have to imagine that it probably helped.”
Earlier, the wounded veteran suggested “SNL” donate $1 million to nonprofits that help wounded warriors.
"There's a lot of great organizations out there, a lot of veterans that really need help. And frankly, you know, this kind of thing is offensive to them. They feel laughed at," he said.
How did Crenshaw lose his eye?
“One of our Afghan interpreters stepped on a pressure plate right in front of me,” he said. “About 15 pounds of explosives dismembered him right in front of my face. It blinded me, shattered me and knocked me over.”
“I woke up about five days later,” Crenshaw continued. “They took some time to stabilize me in Afghanistan and do the surgery to remove my right eye. I woke up without a right eye and blind in the left. They had little faith I would see again, but the fact they said there was a chance … I really believed I would see again.”