The stupid, it burns: Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth says he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years because “germs are not a real thing.”
Appearing on the Sunday edition of Fox and Friends, Hegseth told his co-hosts, Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila, that he didn’t believe in the need for hand washing. Hegseth said:
My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air. I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years.
After Henry and Bila laughed uncomfortably at his bizarre confession, Hegseth doubled down, declaring:
I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them; therefore, they’re not real.
Fox News’ @PeteHegseth admits, unprompted, that he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years.
“Germs are not a real thing,” Pete says. “I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real.” pic.twitter.com/9hsAb9YA9j
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 10, 2019
Hegseth made his confession against personal hygiene after admitting that he had been eating leftover pizza which had been sitting backstage and unrefrigerated since the previous day. Defending his questionable dietary choices Hegseth said:
Pizza Hut lasts for a long time…
To repeat: The stupid, it burns.Not surprising, on his Twitter profile Hegseth references a Bible verse, Matthew 10:34, because Jesus likes the stupid ones.
Later Hegseth doubled-down on his poor scientific understanding of the world, tweeting:
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 10, 2019
As for germs, they are real, and handwashing is an important way we prevent the transmission of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports:
Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick.
The CDC also notes:
A single gram of human feces—which is about the weight of a paper clip—can contain one trillion germs.
Bottom line: Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth says he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years because “germs are not a real thing.”