Dan Crenshaw Reached Out to Pete Davidson After Troubling Social Media Post
Former Navy SEAL and comedian have forged a connection
Newly elected lawmaker Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) made a supportive call to “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson after the latter posted a concerning message on his now-deleted Instagram account.
“I don’t want to be on this Earth anymore,” Davidson, 25, wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
His account was then deleted and the NYPD reportedly showed up at his home to make sure the comedian was OK.
Davidson was pulled from all “SNL” sketches he was set to appear in over the weekend — he made only a brief appearance in the episode — and producer Lorne Michaels has sent the comedian to get treatment, according to reports.
Davidson’s post came in the wake of a public breakup with musician Ariana Grande. The two 25-year-old artists were engaged and had each other’s names tattooed on their bodies.
The two called off their engagement in October; back in May, they had been confirmed to be dating.
Crenshaw, 34, told local-news station KPRC2 in Houston that he talked to Davidson “personally” after the post to make sure he was all right and to offer advice.
The former Navy SEAL said, “We don’t go back very far. We’re not good friends. But I think he appreciated hearing from me. I told him everyone had a purpose in this world. God put you here for a reason. It’s your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way.”
He added that he told Davidson to embrace his “value.”
“Especially a guy like that: Sometimes he makes people laugh, sometimes makes people mad. But he makes people laugh a lot. It was a good conversation,” Crenshaw said.
Crenshaw and Davidson have become a bit of a lovable odd couple recently.
Their relationship began when, on “SNL,” Davidson poked fun at Crenshaw’s eyepatch — which is required due to an injury received overseas.
“This guy is kind of cool — Dan Crenshaw,” Davidson said as an image of Crenshaw popped up on the screen. “You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie.”
The comedian then added, “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war — or whatever.”
Many felt the joke was in bad taste, but Crenshaw took it well and ended up appearing on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” with Davidson in a rare moment of unity from the show.
Crenshaw gave Davidson a taste of his own medicine and the two men shared a handful of laughs.
First, Crenshaw’s phone went off and the ringtone was a song by Ariana Grande.
“Do you know her?” Crenshaw asked.
“Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”
He later joked about Davidson’s appearance in the same manner the comedian had done about him.
“This is Pete Davidson. He looks like if the meth from ‘Breaking Bad’ was a person,” said Crenshaw.
Crenshaw later added in a more serious moment, “There’s a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the Left and the Right can still agree on some things, but that also that Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other.”
Check out the segment with Crenshaw and Davidson below: