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Twitter Erupts After Pete Davidson Jokes About Veteran's War Wound

05 November 2018

"Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson mocked the appearance of a congressional candidate whose eye was destroyed while he served in Afghanistan.

Before doing so, he ripped Republicans for how they looked, including Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL permanently disabled after serving in Afghanistan who now wears a patch on his right eye. 'You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hitman in a porno movie'. 'I know he lost his eye in war or whatever'.

After outrage on social media, Crenshaw addressed the controversy in a tweet on Sunday, saying that he tries "not to offend" and tries harder "not to be offended".

Crenshaw also responded on Twitter, noting that he hopes SNL "recognizes that vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes".

Davidson received a much harsher response from the National Republican Congressional Committee, which demanded an apology.

NRCC spokesperson, Jack Pandol, released a statement Sunday, criticizing Davidson's actions, adding that being dumped is "no excuse for lashing out" at a war hero.

Davidson's derision quickly came in for criticism. John McCain has taken to Twitter this morning to bash the "tone-def" skit, claiming that it was "offensive to veterans".

While campaigning in July 2015, Donald Trump said McCain wasn't a "war hero because he was captured".

"I want us to get away from this culture where we demand apologies every time someone misspeaks", he said. On the third such deployment in 2012, he was injured by an IED blast that nearly blinded him, and cost him his right eye.

That jab prompted calls for an apology - and even a CNN panel slamming the attempt at a joke - but Crenshaw doesn't think an apology is needed.

Davidson signed off his segment by imploring everyone to go vote on Tuesday.

Twitter Erupts After Pete Davidson Jokes About Veteran's War Wound