Ever since we started to speak, we’ve oscillated between “speak your mind” and “think before you speak”. And since nobody ever told us which one of them is more appropriate, we continue our dance with the devil every time we open our mouth.
Now, there’s no doubt that we make blunders every single day. But thankfully, there’s nobody to record them. However, the same can’t be said about early morning TV show hosts who have to be charismatic, while fighting to stay awake.
Sadly, Pete Hegseth of Fox News, wasn’t able to fight his urge to say something stupid and he ended up making a confession about his personal hygiene that nobody had asked for.
Fox News’ @PeteHegseth admits, unprompted, that he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years.
“Germs are not a real thing,” Pete says. “I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real.” pic.twitter.com/9hsAb9YA9j
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 10, 2019
Apparently his 2019 resolution is to say publicly things that he only says at home. And, by the looks of it, he’s sticking to that promise he has made to himself.
When Twitter user @smittymhs agreed with his stand, Pete posted a hashtag to bring together all non-hand-washers.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 10, 2019
Given how washing one’s hands to stay clean is such an universal concept, netizens were surprised and disgusted to see an public figure like Pete promoting the idea to not do it.
Remind me never to accept a dinner invitation to his house. Or shake his hand.
File under “things to never say out loud” 🙄
— Jamie Schler (@lifesafeast) February 11, 2019
— Chris J R 🇨🇦 (@Chris_J_R) February 11, 2019
— Emrin Alexander (@emrin_alexander) February 10, 2019
This is the exact reason I don’t participate in potlucks at work. You pretty much know the people who are “unclean.” 🤢Gross & very befitting of Fox Hosts.
— Jay Dem (@JayDen5210) February 10, 2019
Other things you can’t see, therefore must not be real: heat, gravity, atoms, god…
— Kassevy (@kassevy) February 11, 2019
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You'll notice the woman next to him has everything crossed in defense.
— HellsBelles (@bellchatelaine) February 11, 2019
Pete Hegseth, who *does not believe in germs*, was a finalist to a lead a VA medical system that cares for nine million people. https://t.co/TOoZnthqKx
— Alex Clearfield (@AlexClearfield) February 11, 2019
Germs are very real. And they can make us very sick – like now during #Flu season. Washing hands often protects us & those around us. Here’s a helpful resource from @CDCgov – https://t.co/Q65r9YbE8k. And, #VaccinesWork. https://t.co/wHpEqEc1a8
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 11, 2019
In 1846, 28-year-old Hungarian Dr. Ignes Semmelweis began studying why women in maternity wards died at a rate five times higher under doctors' care than in a midwives' clinic.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 11, 2019
That’s fucking disgusting https://t.co/pBxmr805wV
— Ikem (@ikemlouis) February 11, 2019
And I can’t see your brain, therefore it’s not real. https://t.co/UhexbTSr5g
— Yana⁷ 🌙 AGUST D2 (@raplinebih) February 12, 2019
However, when journalist Chris Hayes said it’s clear that he’s joking, Pete confirmed that he was just messing with everyone.
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 11, 2019
First of all, let’s all agree that not washing your hands is gross and horribly unhygienic. Second of all, do you think Pete’s telling the truth that this was all a joke? Or do you think he’s covering up? Let us know in the comments.