‘5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American:’ Wounded vets meet on first day of new Congress
By CAITLIN DOORNBOS | STARS AND STRIPES Published: January 4, 2019
Army veteran and Florida Rep. Brian Mast tweeted a photo Thursday marking the swearing-in ceremony of fellow wounded veterans and Republican congressmen Jim Baird and Dan Crenshaw.
“5 eyes. 5 arms. 4 legs. All American,” Mast captioned the image in a post on Twitter. “Welcome to Congress, @ElectJimBaird and @DanCrenshawTX.”
The tweet cheekily paid homage to the congressmen’s sacrifices during their military service.
Mast lost both legs in 2010 while clearing improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan; Baird, R-Ind., lost an arm while serving in the Vietnam War with the Army; and Crenshaw, R-Texas, lost an eye in a 2012 IED blast while serving in the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.
Each of the congressmen have earned Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts.
“I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” Davidson added after the joke.
After facing outrage over the comment, Davidson apologized on the following SNL episode.
“The man is a war hero and he deserves all the respect in the world,” he said.
After Davidson joked in the sketch that Republicans and Democrats alike could agree the comedian was a jerk, Crenshaw joined the actor in a cameo appearance.
“There’s a lot of lessons to learn here, not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another,” Crenshaw said on the show.
The 116th Congress convened Thursday with Baird and Crenshaw serving for the first time at the congressional level. Mast has served in Congress since January 2017.