On the November 11 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), cast member Pete Davidson issued both an on-air and personal apology to Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) for his insulting comments made the previous week mocking Crenshaw’s loss of an eye to an IED explosion while serving his country in Afghanistan.
After a week of receiving broad-based condemnation for mocking the appearance of a combat-injured war veteran, SNL not only apologized, but also brought Crenshaw on the show – and providing him with jokes to make at Davidson’s expense, in which Crenshaw made fun of Davidson’s appearance.
Then, Crenshaw stopped joking, to offer viewers an important lesson learned from incident: that Americans can still forgive one another and find common ground:
“But, seriously, 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 each another.
Crenshaw closed by asking viewers to reach out to, and thank, veterans this Veterans’ Day:
“Maybe say, ‘Thanks for your service.’”
“But I would actually encourage you to say something else. Tell a veteran ‘Never forget.’ 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.”
Davidson agreed, repeating “Never forget” and the two shook hands, closing the segment.
Unfortunately, the Davidson's insulting video segment is still featured on SNL's YouTube channel.
Watch Crenshaw's appearance on SNL's “Weekend Update” below.