Fox host Pete Hegseth shockingly reveals that he has not washed his hands in ten years. This unprompted admission may upset President Donald Trump, a famous germaphobe, according to the Guardian.
While Hegseth discussed eating pizza that had been sitting out, un-refrigerated for a day, he revealed that he did not see a problem with eating the pizza and in fact, he didn’t think he had washed his hands in ten years.
He said, “I don’t really wash my hands ever.”
The subsequent laughter after his admission led Hegseth to clarify his position. “I inoculate myself,” he explained. “Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real.”
On Monday, Hegseth tweeted that he had been joking, chastising the media for being so “self-righteous and angry.” He also revealed that he supported riding bikes without a helmet and drinking from hose pipes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that regular hand washing “is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others”. Being educated about hand washing “reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23% to 40%.”
The Fox host is keeping with the trend in Fox News denying scientific facts because they are not observable. Analysis by the watchdog Media Matters for America has found that hosts on Fox "tend to discuss climate change when the weather is particularly cold, seeking to cast doubt over accepted science regarding rising global temperatures."
Hegseth, who served honorably with the national guard in Iraq, was once reported to be a favored pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs under the Trump Administration. The role would have made a man who does not wash his hands responsible for the health of 20 million Americans.