(National Sentinel) Coming Together: Last weekend, ahead of the Tuesday midterms, one of Saturday Night Live’s cast members, Pete Davidson, cracked a tasteless joke aimed at congressional candidate and former Navy SEAL Lt. Cmdr. Dan Crenshaw.
Crenshaw lost his eye to an IED blast on the third of five deployments, and Davidson had made a joke about the injury that upset a lot of Americans and produced a major backlash against the actor and the show.
But on Saturday, Crenshaw — a Republican candidate in Texas — made a surprise visit to SNL during the program, in which Davidson offered a heartfelt and sincere apology while Crenshaw used the occasion as a teaching moment for a deeply divided country.
“In what I’m sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” he said to open. “On behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.”
He then joked, “Can you imagine being mom? That must suck. Can you imagine being Pete Davidson’s mom? It can’t be easy when everyone is mad at your son and roommate.”
He then called Crenshaw a war hero who deserves “all the respect in the world.”
“If any good came of this,” he added, “maybe it was that for one day, the left and the right finally came together to agree on something. That I’m a dick.”
Then Crenshaw appeared, saying, “You think?”
Following an exchange of an apology and acceptance, Crenshaw’s phone went off. His ringtone played an Ariana Grande song, which was a swipe at the widely reported break-up between Grande and Davidson.
“Oh do you know her?” asked Crenshaw.
After poking fund at Davidson’s looks, both men ended on a serious note.
“But seriously, there’s a lot of lessons to learn here,” said the former SEAL. “Not just that the left and the 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 each other.
“This is Veterans Day weekend. Which means that it’s a good time for every American to connect with a veteran. Maybe say ‘thanks for your service’, but I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a veteran, ‘never forget’,” he continued. “When you say ‘never forget’ to a veteran, you are implying that as an American, you are in it with them. Not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans, who will never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present.”
“And never forget those we lost on 9/11. Heroes like Pete’s father. So I’ll just say, Pete. Never forget,” he concluded.
“Never forget,” said Davidson. “And that is from both of us.”
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