Dan Crenshaw Spoke to Pete Davidson After Troubling Instagram Post

Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) called Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson after the comedian posted a troubling message on social media over the weekend. Crenshaw told Houston local-news station KPRC2 that he called Davidson and “talked to him personally.” “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,” Crenshaw said. He added that he told Davidson that he should recognize 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,” said Crenshaw.

On Saturday, Davidson posted on Instagram that he doesn’t “want to be on this Earth anymore” before deleting his account altogether. Members of the NYPD reportedly conducted a welfare check on him, and he was found to be safe. Davidson previously mocked Crenshaw for wearing an eyepatch on SNL, but later apologized.