Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Fox host says he 'hasn't washed hands in 10 years'

Fox & Friends host says he hasn’t washed hands in 10 years ‘Germs are not a real thing — I can’t see them Fox & Friends host says he hasn’t washed hands in 10 years: ‘Germs are not a real thing — I can’t see them’
Deanna Wagner | 12 February, 2019, 05:29

"As I told you, my 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air", Hegseth explained.

Newsweek reports that Hegseth's comments were sparked by a conversation over day-old pizza - the co-host had apparently eaten some slices that were left out from the day before.

His co-hosts began to laugh uproariously, and, belatedly, someone off-camera emitted a loud, low groan. "I can't see them, therefore they're not real".

In other words, congratulations, everyone who has ever shaken hands with Pete Hegseth.

One co-host, smiling, exclaimed, "Someone help me", nearly as though she was providing an adequate button on which to end this conversation.

In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Mr Trump wrote: "One of the curses of American society is the simple act of shaking hands, and the more successful and famous one becomes the worse this awful custom seems to get".

It's a pretty fundamental part of becoming a fully functioning adult human being, washing your hands.

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"My dad has that theory too", Bila told him.

Those posting on Twitter were very keen to point out just how revolting Hegseth's proclamation was.

Then he apologized for "grossing" out viewers.

Hegseth served with the US Army in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and may well have maintained a stricter hygiene regimen while on duty before returning to a somewhat less sanitary life as a civilian.

Last year Hegseth's name popped up as someone President Trump was considering to replace David Shulkin as Veterans Affairs secretary.

The declaration didn't go over well with folks who commented on Hegseth's Twitter timeline, some with this hashtag: #WashYourHands. Take Fox News' Pete Hegseth for example.

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".