“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 #VetsResist (@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
I say this as a conservative: @PeteHegseth has embarrassed @FoxNews and the @foxandfriends brand. He had one job: Not to be a nut. He distracted from the show and now people won’t trust the brand because they employ someone who “doesn’t believe in germs.” /1/
— Hollywood Conservative (@TheMSMCritic) 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.
— Chris 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
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Seven Florida Republicans File Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills
Seven Florida Republican lawmakers have filed four bills attacking the LGBTQ community.
NBC News reports “the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.”
Conversion therapy has been compared to torture by those who have been victims of it, and states have been banning the practice given its ties to suicide and attempted suicide.
The lawmakers are Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds (images above, in order of NBC’s reporting.) (NCRM has added links to their Twitter accounts.)
Orlando Weekly’s Solomon Gustavo reports on House Bill 136, filed by Sabatini and Baxley, “which would make it a second-degree felony for health care practitioners to administer treatment for transitioning or changing a child’s sex.”
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Investigation Into Legality of Trump Tipping Off Mar-a-Lago Guests to Soleimani’s Killing
Elizabeth Warren is calling for financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Trump broke the law when he told guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq, The Daily Beast reports.
“Individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information,” a letter Warren sent to agencies read. “These private individuals … would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort.”
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
Rupert Murdoch’s Son Rips Fox News for Pushing Falsehoods About Australian Wildfires
Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife launched an attack on News Corporation for promoting conspiracy theories about Australia’s devastating wildfires.
Columnists and broadcasters from News Corp Australia — which dominates the country’s media — have questioned climate change’s role in the fires and downplayed the devastation, and James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn condemned the family business, reported The Daily Beast.
“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
James Murdoch is CEO of the investment firm Lupa Systems but sits on the board of News Corp, which publishes more than 140 newspapers in Australia, and his brother Lachlan runs the Fox News Channel in the U.S.
“They are pissing inside the tent and that’s unusual,” said a longtime News Corp executive. “It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change. The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”
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