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‘The View’ co-host defends ‘SNL’ over injured Navy SEAL joke. She’s quickly shot down by co-hosts.

The View" co-host Joy Behar defends "Saturday Night Live" and cast member Pete Davidson from a tasteless joke about a Navy SEAL who wears an eye patch after his eye was injured in an IED blast. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Joy Behar, liberal co-host of "The View," defended "Saturday Night Live" and cast member Pete Davidson, who mocked the appearance of a former Navy SEAL on Saturday night.

What are the details?

Davidson took aim at Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who completed five overseas deployments.

Crenshaw was injured during a 2012 deployment by an IED blast that nearly blinded him. He lost his right eye in the blast, but still completed two more deployments.

Davidson joked that Crenshaw is a congressional candidate, and "not a hitman in a porno movie."

“I’m sorry,” Davidson laughed. “I know he lost his eye in war, or whatever.”

"Whatever," he added.

The joke received a lot of backlash, and even elicited a classy response from Crenshaw himself.

What did Behar say?

During Monday's "The View," Behar argued that Davidson and the rest of the "SNL" cast should have full rights to mock whomever or whatever it sees fit.

"'Saturday Night Live' doesn't take any prisoners," Behar explained. "They've been on the air for, like, what, 40, 50 years now? They took a shot at Alec Baldwin, who's part of their family, so they go after a lot of people."

The rest of Behar's co-hosts did not seem to agree.

Co-host Abby Huntsman said that the joked disappointed her.

"I like Pete Davidson, and I thought [the joke] was completely tone deaf," she admitted. Huntsman went on to add that it's sacrifices like those made by Crenshaw that protect America's freedoms — such as freedom of speech and expression.

Co-host Meghan McCain, a conservative, found the remarks to be equally insensitive, and noted Crenshaw's bravery in signing off on two more overseas deployments despite his grave injury.

“I had such a problem with this over the weekend,” McCain said. “I’m not a snowflake, I can laugh at jokes.”

Even co-host Whoopi Goldberg couldn't get on board with Davidson's remarks, and said that it simply wasn't funny.

Co-host Sunny Hostin added that the distasteful joke was a "sucker punch," and added, "Why make fun of not only someone's service, but their looks, [too]?"

Behar, however, was unmoved.

“He has a right to do it,” she shrugged. “You have a right to speak out against it.”

One last thing…
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