If Saturday Night Live thought they could make fun of retired Lieutenant Commander and Republican candidate Dan Crenshaw and hurt his feelings enough that it would derail his momentum, then they were dead wrong.
In fact, the Navy SEAL rose to the challenge and triumphed over his Democratic challenger Todd Litton to represent the second congressional district in Texas.
From the Daily Caller:
Despite consistently polling ahead of Litton by double digits, Democrats were optimistic the area would flip blue due to the rapidly changing demographics of Harris County. Ultimately, Crenshaw beat out Litton.
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, served five deployments overseas — while on his third combat tour, he was hit by an IED blast during a mission in Afghanistan that destroyed in right eye and badly injured his left eye. After multiple surgeries, Crenshaw retained sight in his left eye and went on to deploy two more times, first to the Middle East, then to South Korea.
In a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation, Crenshaw said he was bringing credibility, impact, and selfless service to Washington.
“[Those who serve in the military are] problem solvers,” Crenshaw said. “We care about impact, we care about mission, we care about service before self, and I think Congress can use a little bit of that.”
And the congregation said “Amen.”
In the final week of the campaign, SNL jokingly mocked Crenshaw’s eyepatch and his missing eye—which he lost while serving overseas, protecting their right to joke and mock him. SNL’s Pete Davidson said the retired Lieutenant Commander looked like “a hit-man in a porno movie” and said, while laughing, “I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”
From Fox News:
Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw got the last laugh Tuesday, easily being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after being mocked for his war injury days earlier on “Saturday Night Live.”
Crenshaw, 34, was favored to beat Democrat Todd Litton to win the seat being vacated by Republican Ted Poe before last weekend’s “SNL” episode in which castmember Pete Davidson made fun of his appearance, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Crenshaw won with 53 percent of the vote compared to Litton’s 44.4 percent, according to Politico.
Crenshaw, never one to back down from a challenge, responded with class and people showed their support for him on Election Day.
“Good rule in life — I try hard not to offend, I try harder not to be offended,” Crenshaw said in response. “That being said, I hope [“Saturday Night Live”] recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes.”
Todd Linton, Crenshaw’s Democrat opponent, similarly criticized the comment, tweeting, “No matter what side of the aisle you’re on, Dan’s military service and sacrifice for our country are to be admired and appreciated. Period.”
Check out Crenshaw telling his own story in the below video: