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Dan Crenshaw says being mocked by SNL helped him win

Republican Dan Crenshaw took a victory lap on “Fox & Friends” this morning after securing a solid win in Texas’s 2nd Congressional District.

“I’m feeling elated,” said the Afghanistan war veteran turned congressman-elect. Crenshaw praised his door-to-door campaign and said he hoped to work across the aisle in Congress, but the Fox News hosts mostly wanted to ask about last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” episode, which drew widespread outrage for making fun of his eye patch.

“It was a fine line I had to walk,” Crenshaw said. “I would not be a victim about it, I would not be offended about it, but I had to point it out.”

Crenshaw lost his right eye in a bomb explosion during a combat mission in 2012. On Saturday, SNL’s Pete Davidson said he looked like “a hit man in a porno movie. … I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”

While politicians and commentators on the left and right condemned the comment, the candidate mentioned it only occasionally for the rest of his race. Three days later, he won election by an 8-point, 20,000 vote margin over Democrat Todd Litton.

“I have to imagine it probably helped,” Crenshaw said on “Fox & Friends” this morning. “There are a lot of veterans out there who would not think their wounds would be the source of poor jokes in bad taste to a hysterically laughing audience.”

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