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Accompanying the picture of the ink, Davidson said the “tattoo of [his] hero” was meant to be a Christmas gift for Clinton.
“Thanks for being such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe,” he added. The picture is the only photo on his verified Instagram account.
Clinton herself later commented on the post, in which Davidson tagged the former secretary of state.
“Thanks,” she wrote. “This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years. But seriously, I’m honored. Merry Christmas, my friend.”
Tattoo artist Jon Mesa, whom Davidson credited for the ink, told UsWeekly that it’s legit.
“Yes, it’s real! Just did it last night at my shop No Idols Tattoo on Bowery and Grand! It’s a small one on his right leg,” Mesa told the outlet.
Following the 2016 election, Davidson made an appearance on SNL‘s “Weekend Update” segment in which he lamented Donald Trump becoming president and how his home borough of Staten Island had voted for the Republican candidate.
“Donald Trump being president is something I used to say when I was high and laugh at how crazy it is, and I’m high right now and it is not funny,” said Davidson, who later suggested that people upset about the election take it out on their Trump-supporting relatives. “I know a lot of you are upset and scared and sad, myself included, and to everyone feeling that way, I think it’s important to hold on to that outrage, hold on to your anger and frustration and let it build and build, so you can release it at the exact right moment: Thanksgiving.”
The comedian revealed in March that he’d quit doing drugs and gotten sober, and in September he opened up about how he’s been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder but is slowly getting better.
Davidson later poked fun at his health issues during another appearance on “Weekend Update” this fall, in which he joked that having more of his sketches might improve his symptoms.
“If you are in the cast of a late-night comedy show, it might help if they, you know, do more of your sketches,” he said.
When “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost asked, “Are you saying that you are depressed, because you are not getting enough airtime?” Davidson replied, “No. I was born depressed. But it might make me feel better if I was on TV more.”
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