REARDON: Crenshaw Deserves Credit in SNL Apology From Davidson

Is there hope for fixing the "outrage culture" we live in?

Mark Reardon
November 16, 2018 - 9:50 am

Official Dan Crenshaw campaign photo

I’ve always thought that President Trump misses a lot of easy opportunities to try to bring people together and defuse emotional situations.

When Mike Pence attended “Hamilton” on Broadway and the cast delivered a message to him in front of the entire audience in attendance that night, the President didn’t like it very much. At the time I thought what a great opportunity. He hadn’t even taken office yet and was still located in New York City—why not just jump in an Uber and meet in person one on one with the cast members and attempt to have a conversation. Yeah, yeah, I know...with Trump he’ll never get a fair shake in the media. To a certain extent that’s true, but why not try something a little different and unexpected in an attempt to soften the tone and reduce the anger?

That’s exactly what newly elected Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw did this past week. When the newly single Pete Davidson went on Saturday Night Live and mocked his eye patch during a Weekend Update segment before election day. This is what he said laughing all the way:

"You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate in Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie," the comedian said, fighting back laughter. "I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever. Whatever.”

Yeah, whatever. I mean he only lost his right eye to an IED blast in Afghanistan during his third deployment in 2012. The SEAL was deployed twice more overseas in 2014 and 2016 after regaining sight in his badly damaged left eye. Even a fair amount of people on the left knew this wasn’t great fodder for an SNL bit.

But to his credit, Crenshaw didn’t stomp around and demand an apology — and then something happened that should probably happen more often. Crenshaw accepted an invite to appear on SNL with Davidson to get his comedic revenge. And he pulled it off exceptionally well as you can see here.

Crenshaw wrote about his experience on SNL in the Washington Post a few days later.

This might be my favorite part of that column:

“How, then, do we live together in this world of differing ideas? For starters, let’s agree that the ideas are fair game. If you think my idea is awful, you should say as much. But there is a difference between attacking an idea and attacking the person behind that idea. Labeling someone as an “-ist” who believes in an “-ism” because of the person’s policy preference is just a shortcut to playground-style name-calling, cloaked in political terminology.”

Crenshaw is smart enough to realize that none of this is an easy fix, but maybe — just maybe — putting an end to the silly “outrage culture” that is seemingly getting worse is a good start.