Fox News host Pete Hegseth doesn't believe in germs

Weird flex but okay

Fox News host Pete Hegseth made the declaration yesterday while he and his co-hosts discussed the issue of eating day-old pizza that hasn't been refrigerated.

"I wonder if @PeteHegseth would be cool with restaurant workers preparing his food after deliberately not washing their hands?" a different social media user expressed.

'My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air. "I feel much better after I thoroughly wash my hands, which I do as much as possible". Being well educated about hand washing "reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23% to 40%", it says.

Hegseth said at points he was joking but at other times also supported others who don't wash their hands.

But sources say colleagues are still giving him a wide berth after he uses the bathroom.

'Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them.

"I inoculate myself", he continued.

Prompting Bila to say: "Someone help me".

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

'Ewwwwww! Not something to brag about, ' wrote one.

Finally, about a minute later, Hegseth retweeted a commenter, Chris Hayes, speculating that he was "pretty clearly joking" on Sunday.

"We're on a show, and we have fun, and we banter, and I'm like, eh, you know, maybe I haven't washed my hands for 10 years", he told USA Today. "Twitter really has come full circle".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dedicates several pages of its website to hand-washing, underscoring its importance in preventing the spread of germs.

"If you look at Ed and Jedediah's reaction, they are laughing like we are (on) every show".

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.

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