Texas Elections 2018

Houston’s Congressman-Elect Gets Last Laugh, Remembers Veterans On Saturday Night Live

After being the butt of a controversial joke, Houston’s Congressman-elect Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw joined Pete Davidson on SNL to settle the score.

After the onslaught of negative reactions to a Saturday Night Live sketch one week ago, the show followed up with a special appearance by the butt of the controversial joke: Houston’s Congressman-elect Lt. Commander Dan Crenshaw.


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The controversy started when Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson made a jab at Crenshaw’s appearance in a segment called “First Impressions” last week:

Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL, wears an eye patch after being injured in an IED blast during a tour in Afghanistan. The joke about Crenshaw’s appearance caused an uproar the days prior to Tuesday’s midterm elections, with many saying it was an insult to all veterans.

Then, over Veterans Day weekend, Davidson apologized to Crenshaw and had him as a guest on the show so he could settle the score:

The segment ended not just with humor – but a message of bi-partisan solidarity for Veteran's Day.

“There’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also this, Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in this country. This is Veterans Day weekend which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a Veteran,” said Crenshaw.

During his appearance on SNL, Crenshaw said Americans should tell veterans, “never forget” in solidarity with service members.

Davidson, whose firefighter father died after 9/11, joined Crenshaw in saying “never forget” at the close of the segment.

As a Navy SEAL, Crenshaw was deployed five times, serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. At 34, he'll be the only veteran in Houston's newest congressional delegation.

Since the 1970s, far fewer Veterans are being elected to Congress, according to Pew Research. Seventy percent of legislators had military experience from 1965-1975. In 2017, 19% of the House and 20% of the Senate had served in the armed forces.