Fox News host claims he hasn't washed his hands in a decade

Erika Holt
February 12, 2019

Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth made a truly extraordinary remark on Sunday's program that has Twitter in a frenzy of shock, disbelief and disgust; the US Army veteran claims he hasn't washed his hands in a decade.

Mr Hegseth said: "My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air".

'I inoculate myself, ' he continued.

Hegseth explained to them, "Germs are not a real thing". The senior political analyst for Fox News admitted live on air, unprompted that he hasn't washed his hands for ten years.

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. "Therefore they're not real", Hegseth insisted.

One BBC reader, Steve M, said: "I didn't think I would ever say this - I agree with Donald Trump on this!"

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Hegseth was on the air with Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila when, after a commercial, they started talking about Hegseth eating day-old pizza during the break, reported Newsweek, which posted video of the exchange.

"Exactly! I can't get sick", Hegseth replied.

Plenty of teachers also mocked his claims with one joking that he'd learn about germs if he spent anytime in a children's classroom: 'Spend some time as a teacher in a kindergarten class, trust me, you'll wash your hands!' "My dad has this theory, too".

Viewers on Twitter chimed in with comments as well.

Bacteria that can be spread by unwashed hands include salmonella and E coli. Hegseth notoriously hit a West Point drummer with a misdirected ax during a live segment from Times Square in NY in 2015.

According to a CDC fact sheet, "studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu".

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