On Sunday, Fox News host Pete Hegseth shared a piece of information about himself that has left social media users divided. “My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air,” Hegseth said after Fox & Friends returned from a commercial. “I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years.”
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After making the announcement that he hasn’t washed his hands in a decade, Hegseth continued, “Really, I don’t really wash my hands ever.”
“I inoculate myself,” he added before making a surprising declaration.
“Germs are not a real thing,” Hegseth asserted. “I can’t see them. Therefore, they’re not real.”
“So, you’re becoming immune to all of the bacteria,” said one of the Fox & Friends cohosts.
“Exactly, I can’t get sick,” Hegseth replied, arguing that his less than sanitary habit boosts his immune system. “These hands look pretty clean to me.”
Social media users were divided on Hegseth’s comment.
“I’m with you on hand washing,” so one Twitter user. “I’m almost 70 and haven’t had a cold or flu in years. Our bodies need some germs to learn how to fight them. Too many germofobes out there.”
“I wonder if @PeteHegseth would be cool with restaurant workers preparing his food after deliberately not washing their hands?” asked another.
A third chimed in, stating, “Spend some time as a teacher in a kindergarten class, trust me, you’ll wash your hands!”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asserts that regular hand washing “is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others,” adding, “Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.”
According to a report by the BBC, “Bacteria that can be spread by unwashed hands include salmonella and E coli.”
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