NEW YORK: While Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw created a Kumbaya moment on Saturday Night Live – SNL – last week, those fuzzy warm feelings have not lasted. While the two ideological opposed men were able to shake hands and “be good” with each other, the lesson we might have learned was forgotten before the Sunday News Shows.
SNL executives spun into damage control when Pete Davidson made a joke about Republican Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL, who was severely wounded in an IED attack while fighting in Afghanistan. Crenshaw is a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan.
Davidson, who lost his father in the 9/11 attacks made the following tasteless joke:
Davidson joked that Crenshaw looked like he was a “hitman in a porno,” which drew anger from people on both sides of the aisle. Crenshaw, a Republican, responded, as one would expect a Seal to respond, with strength and grace:
Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 4, 2018
This ended up with Pete Davidson back on Weekend Update on Saturday and offered a sincere apology to Congressman-Elect Dan Crenshaw, who showed up to accept his apology.
In a Washington Post editorial, Crenshaw writes:
“But now what? Does it suddenly mean that the left and right will get along and live in utopian harmony? Maybe Saturday’s show made a tiny step in that direction, but I’m not naive. As a country, we still have a lot of work to do. We need to agree on some basic rules for civil discourse.”
A bi-partisan call for civility.
Crenshaw said that there was a lot that everyone can learn from watching this. Not only can people on the left and right agree on some things, but that Americans can forgive each other. Crenshaw talked about the heroes we lost and should “never forget.” Crenshaw mentioned Davidson’s father, who was a New York firefighter who died on 9/11.
In less than a 12 hour news cycle, this story disappeared. Why? Because Crenshaw, instead of jumping on the outrage train, met the tasteless joke not only with humor, but as an adult. An apology was offered, accepted and some payback humor ensued.
All in good fun
SNL’s Pete Davidson said Crenshaw is actually a good guy, a war hero and that he deserves all of the respect in the world. Crenshaw, having the last laugh, poked fun at Davidson. Crenshaw joined Davidson on the Weekend Update Desk to cheers from the audience, joking, “Ya think?”
“Thank you so much for coming,” Davidson offered.
“Thank you for making a Republican look good,” Crenshaw quipped.
Following Davidson’s apology, Crenshaw assured them that they were all good when suddenly the politician’s phone rang. His ringtone? “Breathin” by Ariana Grande.
After an uproarious laugh from the audience, an embarrassed Davidson asked, “You gonna answer that?”
“I think I’m just gonna let it ring,” Crenshaw said, trying not to laugh. “Why? Do you know her?”
“OK, that hurt,” Davidson muttered.
Crenshaw had a few good laughs, comparing Davidson to “if meth had a human face it would be Pete Davidson” . Then there was the analogy between Davidson and a Troll Doll.
So it was a moment. And now its forgotten.
Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw is one of 13 veterans that were just elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the recent midterm elections. Crenshaw who is only 34, is seen by many to be one of the top rising stars in the Republican Party.
Crenshaw once called Trump an idiot and criticized his policies. However, he appears to have turned a page and said that someone can agree with Pres. Trump’s agenda but disagree with what he says. Our only hope is that as Crenshaw joins his fellow Republicans he will bring support the President a bring some light back to the no-longer shining city on the hill.
Pete Davidson’s apology comes during a time when the country is extremely divided by politics. Perhaps Americans can take what these two have done and seen that we can disagree with each other on ideas, but still treat each other with respect.
We now return to outrage
But no one, not the media, not the politicians, not the politically divided want a Kumbaya moment when outrage is so much more fun. SNL will be back to tasteless political jokes, though we can hope Alec Baldwin has now been retired.
And Dan Crenshaw is on the hill. A shard of light. At least until he becomes infected by the swamp. Maybe, like the enemies he fought he can stand strong against politics as usual. Congressman Crenshaw, please #NeverForget. Peace in America begins in Washington.