SNL Denigrates Battle Wound of Former SEAL Dan Crenshaw

'I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever'

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A Saturday Night Live cast member ridiculed the eye patch worn by former Navy SEAL and Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, who lost his right eye during a combat tour in Afghanistan.

Pete Davidson was sharing his thoughts on the 2018 congressional candidates during the show's "Weekend Update" when a photo of Crenshaw appeared on the screen.

"This guy is kind of cool, Dan Crenshaw," Davidson said. "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie."

"I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever," he continued, laughing.

Crenshaw served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he lost his right eye and severely damaged his left in the deadly Helmand province after encountering an improvised explosive device six years ago.

Doctors said he'd never see again, but Crenshaw regained sight in his left eye after undergoing several surgeries and receiving specialized contact lenses. Four months later, fitted with a glass eye and his signature eye patch, Crenshaw was back on the shooting range in Mississippi, training to rejoin his teammates.

"What makes me get up in the morning is knowing I'm doing something for the country and I was not ready to quit that," Crenshaw told the Free Beacon in January of last year. "I think this is why I'm driven to Congress now, because it's another path I can take to make a positive impact on people's lives and serve in a way that is meaningful and push for values that I believe in."

Crenshaw is favored to win the November 6 general election against Democrat Todd Litton in Texas's heavily Republican 2nd congressional district.

Natalie Johnson

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Natalie Johnson is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she was a news reporter at the Daily Signal. Johnson’s work has been featured in outlets such as Newsweek, Fox News and Drudge Report. She graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with a B.A. in political science and journalism. She can be reached at johnson@freebeacon.com. Her twitter handle is @nataliejohnsonn.

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