This weekend, Fox & Friends personality Pete Hegseth took "I'm not a scientist, but ..." to new levels when he told his co-hosts that he hasn't washed his hands in a decade, apparently advising viewers to do the same because "germs are not a real thing".
Hegseth dismissed the pizza as being "old" and went on to say: "My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air".
"I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years", Hegseth said, inexplicably.
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Hegseth's thinking is at-odds with science which has long confirmed that germs, and microbes live nearly everywhere: on food, animals, and plants, in the air, and in soil and water and on people's hands. "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", he said.
The revelation came after co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila questioned Hegseth's off-camera consumption of pizza left out after National Pizza Day Saturday. "I can't see them, therefore they're not real". By washing your hands-especially after using the bathroom-you prevent the spread of harmful bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli that can persist in tiny, invisible particles of human feces.
So whether Hegseth was joking or not, he didn't make that clear enough to dissuade people who may actually believe what he was saying.
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"Look it, these hands look pretty clean to me", Hegseth said, showing off his hands.
Without hand-washing, germs can be introduced to the body through the eyes, nose, or mouth, or they can be transferred to food and other items around the home or workplace. Hegseth notoriously hit a West Point drummer with a misdirected ax during a live segment from Times Square in NY in 2015.
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