After poking fun at Florida governor Rick Scott and NY representative Peter King, Davidson took aim at Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his eye in Afghanistan, saying that Crenshaw looks like "a hitman in a porno movie".
"This guy's kinda cool, Dan Crenshaw", he said.
"I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever", he continued, laughing.
Crenshaw, who is running for a seat representing Texas's 2nd Congressional District, lost his right eye in 2012 after a bomb exploded during a mission in Afghanistan, his third military deployment. Crenshaw lost his eye during combat. Four months later, fitted with a glass eye and his signature eye patch, Crenshaw was back on the shooting range in MS, training to rejoin his teammates.
Neither Davidson nor NBC has issued a formal apology to Crenshaw, although the comedian did poke fun at his own looks in the same segment in which he mocked Crenshaw. Jack Pandol, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, released a statement Sunday mocking Davidson, who recently broke up with his girlfriend, pop star Ariana Grande.
The backlash towards SNL's Pete Davidson continues and appears to be transcending traditional political lines.
"We have thick skin, but as veterans, it's hard for us to understand why war wounds would elicit such raucous laughter from an audience", he said, adding, "I think they should've rethought that joke a little bit - if you can even call it a joke". I don't need to demand apologies from them. We don't need to be outwardly outraged.
'I look like I make vape juice in a bathtub, ' he added.
"I know some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is, it's nobody's business, and sometimes things just don't work out and that's okay".