Almost all the cohosts take a stand against his comments, while Joy Behar goes another route.
Pete Davidson cracked a joke at the expense of Navy SEAL and Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw's physical appearance during "Weekend Update" on "Saturday Night Live," but almost nobody on "The View" found it all that funny.
Whoopi Goldberg set up the clip from Saturday's show by saying Davidson made a "really crappy joke," where he poked fun at the eye patch Crenshaw wears after losing an eye during a tour in Afghanistan.
"This guy's kinda cool, Dan Crenshaw," Davidson joked. "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hitman from a porno movie. I'm sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever."
Joy Behar was the first to speak, making a case in Davidson's favor. "'Saturday Night Live' doesn't take any prisoners," she said. "They've been on the air for 40, 50 years now. They go after a lot of people."
"This kid, Davidson, his father died in 9/11 and he said, 'I like making things that are dark, awkward, weird things that you don't really find funny, funny. There's nothing I won't joke about and I think it's about what happened to me,'" she continued. "He's coming from a place of you make fun of things that are so painful to lighten the load, that's where he's coming from."
Abby Huntsman called the joke "tone deaf," adding that it's because of people like Crenhaw's service that Davidson is able to "allow him to sit and do that job every day, to tell those jokes." Huntsman said she was "bummed," because she's a fan of the comedian, before also calling out the producers of the show for allowing the joke to air.
"It's not like it's free speaking, he's looking at note cards, so this was all rehearsed, it was planned in advanced," she added.
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Meghan McCain -- who tweeted her disapproval of the joke over the weekend -- continued to rail on Davidson for his comments. "I had such a problem with this over the weekend, I'm not a snowflake, I can laugh at jokes," she said. "I would think, if your father died on 9/11 -- I don't know the story at all -- but maybe you'd be more empathetic to people who sacrifice."
"I found it very offensive," she continued. McCain went on to suggest that if a Democratic candidate had been targeted in the same way, there would be a different reaction, saying she's only seen upset conservatives. "I don't understand why take pot shots to people who have served and take such sacrifices," she added.
"It just wasn't funny," Goldberg chimed in, bluntly. "The joke wasn't funny. When I say it's in bad taste, if it's not funny, it's just not good."
Sunny Hostin said the comment seemed like a "sucker punch," before wondering why Pete wouldn't just apologize.
"That's fine if he finds catharsis in comedy, like a lot of people do, but it does not give him rights to take shots [at] someone else's service and physical pain," added McCain. This set off Joy, who responded by saying, "He has a right to do it, you have a right to speak against it, that's what it's all about."
"If 'SNL' wants to be in the game where you make fun of wounded veterans, that is a hill they can die on alone," added McCain.
The conversation came to an end as Behar asked which other groups are off limits when it comes to comedy.