Dan Crenshaw takes swipe at Pete Davidson after winning election, hopes to go back to a time when comedians were 'actually funny'

A dis from Pete Davidson on Saturday Night Live didn’t stop Dan Crenshaw from coming out victorious in his election.

The former Navy SEAL celebrated being elected to the Texas Second Congressional District on Tuesday and mentioned Davidson’s widely panned joke — comparing the man who lost his eye in an explosion in Afghanistan to “a hit man in a porno movie.”

While waiting for the official results to come in, Crenshaw took the podium and addressed the controversy. “It’s been an interesting last 72 hours for us,” he said. “People ask us, ‘Are you offended?’ I’m like, well, ‘I’m from the SEAL teams. We don’t really get offended.’ But we also like it when comedians are actually funny. You know? Let’s get back to that, right? Let’s get back to being funny.”

After his victory, he spoke more about it with the local Houston news station KRIV. “I said that SEALs don’t get offended. It’s just not what we do,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it wasn’t offensive, but let’s stop demanding apologies and firings of people. Let’s demand that comedy actually be funny, but let’s be good people. Let’s not demand outrage all the time.”

During the evening, Crenshaw also spoke about his 2012 injury and how it was  a unifying thing because he and his wife were so supported.

“[When] my wife Tara got the phone call that I’d been seriously injured, and I may never actually lay eyes on her again, she wasn’t alone,” he said. “Friends and teammates were with her. This life, this purpose, this American spirit that we hold dear, we are not alone, we do it together.”

Davidson, who has been having a helluva few weeks, made the joke during Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” segment on Saturday. It was immediately slammed — even by his peer Kenan Thompson, who said he crossed the line.

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LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 740 -- Pictured: Comedian Pete Davidson on September 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Seth Meyers' Episode 1749 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson, Chris Redd during 'Trees' on Saturday, October 13, 2018 -- (Photo by: Steven Molina Contreras/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jonah Hill' Episode 1750 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical Guest Maggie Rogers, Host Jonah Hill, and Pete Davidson during Promos on Saturday, November 3, 2018 -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Pete Davidson attends the American Museum of Natural History's Museum Gala on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Alec Baldwin' Episode 1718 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson and host Alec Baldwin during the monologue on February 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Actors Jeff Ross, David Spade, Pete Davidson, and Cazzie David attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF17/WireImage)
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Miami Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich, right, and Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson, wearing a Marlins uniform, catch fly balls in the outfield during batting practice before a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Stewart' Episode 1717 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kate McKinnon as Grandma, Pete Davidson as Grandpa Joe, host Kristen Stewart as Charlie, and Vanessa Bayer as Grandma during the 'Golden Ticket' sketch on February 4th, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Aziz Ansari' Episode 1716 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melissa Villase�r and Pete Davidson during the 'Attorney Ad' sketch on January 21st, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Former President Bill Clinton poses for a photo with Ariana Grande, center, and Pete Davidson, right, during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 14: Pete Davidson speaks onstage at the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber at Sony Pictures Studios on March 14, 2015 in Culver City, California. The show will premiere on Monday, March 30 at 10:00pm ET/PT. Credit: PGFM/MediaPunch /IPX
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Stewart' Episode 1717 -- Pictured: Pete Davidson during the 'Meet Cute' sketch on January 31, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Kristen Wiig' Episode 1711 -- Pictured: (l-r) Pete Davidson and Colin Jost during Weekend Update on November 19, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 17: Pete Davidson attends the 2016 American Museum of Natural History Museum Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 438 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Pete Davidson during an interview with host Seth Meyers on October 25, 2016 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WANTAGH, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Comedian Pete Davidson performs onstage during Oddball Comedy Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on September 10, 2016 in Wantagh, New York. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: Actor Pete Davidson and Cazzie David attend the Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe at Sony Studios on August 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Pete Davidson attends The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund 4th Annual Kick Off To Summer Benefit at The Bowery Hotel on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Johnny Damon and Pete Davidson join Pepsi to celebrate Yankees opening day, helping fans earn their pinstripes on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Pepsi)
Toronto, Canada - September 17: Pete Davidson at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala 2015 at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 17, 2015 in New York City Credit: Diego Corredor/MediaPunch /IPX
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Pete Davidson arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Pete Davidson, left, and Tiffany Haddish present the award for best hip hop video at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Pete Davidson, from left, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Mikey Day, and Beck Bennett arrive at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Pete Davidson attends the Governors Ball for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
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“It definitely seems it,” Thompson said on the Today show. “My father’s a veteran, Vietnam, and I personally would never necessarily go there, but it’s tough when you’re fishing for jokes — like that’s how standups feel like there’s no real filters out there in the world when they’re trying to go for a great joke or whatever and we try to respect that but at the same time, when you miss the mark, you’re offending people so you have to really be a little more aware, in my opinion.” Though he added, “Pete’s a very humble dude and he’s got a big heart and I don’t think he goes out to offend people, but standups, they’re the ones who help us laugh through the most awful things in the first place so they’re always fishing in weird places and that was an unfortunate outcome.”

Thompson added that SNL is also “figuring out a way to right that wrong,” but that’s all he knows. “It’s being handled internally and it’s not really my department, but since I’m out promoting [the movie] The Grinch, I get to answer these questions.”

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