“Fox & Friends” host Pete Hegseth surprised his co-workers and Fox News viewers alike Sunday after sharing that he hadn’t washed his hands in a decade, and saying he didn’t believe germs were “real.”
“I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years,” he said. “Really, I don’t really wash my hands ever….germs are not a real thing,” Hegseth declared. “I can’t see them, therefore, they’re not real.”
Twitter users from the left and right were mystified and slightly horrified by the admission, and have been taking to social media to share their thoughts on the television host’s cleanliness habits (or lack thereof).
A round-up of a few Sunday and Monday reactions below:
Who wants to bet that the Fox and Friends co-host who said germs don't exist because he can't see them believes in god?
— God Is Not Real (@GodsNotReal_) February 11, 2019
It's called a microscope. Try one sometime. Hell, have me on @foxandfriends & I'll bring a microscope to show this guy what's hitching a ride on his skin. 🔬🦠
— Jess Phoenix 🌋🏳️🌈🤠 (@jessphoenix2018) February 10, 2019
And this, my friends, is why you should always flush with your shoe.
Fox & Friends host says he hasn't washed hands in 10 years: 'Germs are not a real thing — I can’t see them' https://t.co/DihvOPqSM3
— George Capen (@george_capen) February 11, 2019
"Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them, therefore, they're not real." Okay, cool. Ask him about God now. And never, ever, shake his hand. https://t.co/TxGjkyZaRK
— Sib Ventress (@cposnarky) February 10, 2019
I think at this point @FoxNews is simply saying anything and everything they can think of that’s contrary to accepted medical standards to the point of ridiculousness to see how far their base will follow.
— Barry Schapiro MD (@bschapiroMD) February 11, 2019
This says everything you need to know about @FoxNews, the ignorance and stupidity of their people, and the morons who take them seriously.
Fox & Friends host says he hasn't washed hands in 10 years: 'Germs are not a real thing — I can’t see them' https://t.co/jtPvlfS4ck
— #RandomWhiteGuy (@coleyworld) February 11, 2019
If I read this in The Onion, it’d seem like such a stretch as to be unfunny. But this actually happened.
I humbly suggest we replace the divisive U.S. Cold War motto “In God We Trust” with one more of us can get behind.
— Chrissy Stroop (@C_Stroop) February 10, 2019
I have a seven year old who has better hygiene and more intelligence. https://t.co/hjU7lPoK3M
— Courtney (@VolsMama1976) February 11, 2019
A fellow on Fox shared his views
That germs are considered fake news,
Thus won't wash his hands,
To which all his fans
Reflexively offered their eww's@Limericking @twitmericks@potuslimericks @foxandfriends
This limerick inspired by:https://t.co/a2Jmo4OUsf
— Limericky News (@Limerick_News) February 11, 2019