Speaking on Fox and Friends earlier this week, host Pete Hegseth said he has not washed his hands for 10 years because he believes germs are not real.
Have you ever come across that popular “Jokes on them I was only pretending” meme? Well, Hegseth has voluntarily become its physical embodiment.
In a facetious manner, we can only assume, the Princeton graduate said micro-organisms don’t exist because he can’t see them with the naked eye. Of course, he dropped such a knowledge bomb only seconds after claiming that he “inoculated himself”.
The puzzling, and should we say, “dirty” confession came during a conversation where co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila were teasing him in jest for eating leftover pizza.
“My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air,” said Hegseth to open his anti-hygiene diatribe, almost as if that assertion meant his words made any sense.
I wonder if @PeteHegseth would be cool with restaurant workers preparing his food after deliberately not washing their hands?
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) February 10, 2019
After a round of bashing on social media, the former military officer – he was deployed to Cuba and Iraq – later told USA Today that his unusual comments were intended to be a joke.
Yep, just like in the meme.
“We live in a society where people walk around with bottles of Purell (a hand sanitiser) in their pockets, and they sanitise 19,000 times a day as if that’s going to save their life,” he said.
And to make things even more faithful to the infamous meme, Hegseth somehow had the nerve to criticise the generally negative reaction to his comments saying people took things so “literally and seriously”.
Well, the whole scientific community, from Zacharias Janssen in the late 1500s to any idiot today with a clip-on microscope lens, will disagree.
In times when people are turning their back on science to the point where anti-vaxxers are on the rise and flat-earthers gather at conventions, it’s more than irresponsible for a journalist to go on one of the most viewed shows in the country claiming germs don’t exist and that washing one’s hands is not necessary.
A recent study by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed that unhygienic practices like not washing your hands, especially in the kitchen, can help spread such dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus and E. coli.
According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands regularly “is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others”