“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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$15 Minimum Wage Dealt a Blow – Not Allowed in COVID Relief Bill, Senate Parliamentarian Rules
The Democrats’ plan, engineered by Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to pass a nationwide $15 minimum wage cannot be achieved by including the legislation in the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, the Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday evening, CNBC reports.
Democrats intend to pass the relief bill via reconciliation, a method that would require just a simple majority.
Politico reported late last week Sen. Sanders was “confident” the $15 minimum wage could be achieved through the reconciliation process, adding that “President Joe Biden has not been as optimistic as the Vermont independent about the prospects of minimum wage working via reconciliation, though he supports a $15 minimum wage.”
“President Biden has promised to support a standalone bill to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, but it’s unlikely to get any Republican support,” Axios has also reported.
A $15 minimum wage would life 900,000 people out of poverty.
This is a breaking news and developing story.
Democrats Pass LGBTQ Equality Act With Support of Just Three Republicans
House Democrats have passed the historic LGBTQ Equality Act, legislation that expands the protections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. The vote was 224-206. Just three Republicans voted in favor of the bill.
President Joe Biden has said he wants to sign the legislation into law during his first 100 days. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will be in a position to make that possible, should all Democratic Senators support the bill. 60 votes will be needed under current filibuster rules.
The House also passed similar legislation in May of 2019, but then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote.
Some news outlets are characterizing the bill as offering “sweeping” protections, but contrary to what most Americans believe, LGBTQ people have no federal law offering them specific protections. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 offers appropriate, not “sweeping” protections.
Recent court decisions, including the Supreme Court’s 2020 Bostock decision, have ruled the Civil Right Act applies to LGBTQ people, but the Equality Act will ensure these protections are realized.
In a sign of the further extremism of the Republican Party, the 2019 Equality Act passed with five more GOP votes than it did today.
Two Republicans who voted to pass the bill in 2019 voted against passing today’s bill.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, another one of the eight Republicans who voted for the Equality Act in 2019, has cast a “no” vote this time around.
— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) February 25, 2021
Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), one of eight Republicans who voted for the Equality Act in 2019, has had an about face and cast a “no” vote this time around.
— Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) February 25, 2021
224-206: House passes legislation providing anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans,by amending Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity. 3 Republicans voted Yes Fitzpatrick-PA,Katko-NY & Reed-NY w/all Democrats. pic.twitter.com/61338DVIOU
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) February 25, 2021
This is a breaking news and developing story.
Right Wingers Outraged Biden Hasn’t Delivered SOTU – Claim It Was Required by Feb. 20 – Capitol Police Issue Warning
Right wingers on social media are spreading misinformation, falsely claiming President Joe Biden was required to deliver the State of the Union Address, with some claiming a February 20 deadline. Their false claims and the fact-checking responses caused “SOTU” to trend on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
The outrage comes on the same day acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told the House Appropriations Committee right wing extremists, which she called “militia” members, “have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members” of the House and Senate “as possible.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not yet set a date for what would be a joint session of Congress. The President does not deliver a State of the Union address during his first year in office.
Despite the ignorance of the MAGA crowd and right wingers, the U.S. Constitution is clear, offering little in the way of expectations for an address to Congress.
Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 states the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
No date, mode, or even frequency is mandated. Earlier in U.S. history the President wrote Congress a letter.
Here’s a failed Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey suggesting the Constitution requires a State of the Union Address. She claims she is “Asking on behalf of the Constitution.”
The President is Constitutionally-mandated to give a State of the Union address which has been Jan/Feb since 1934 by invitation of the Speaker of the House.
This year’s #SOTU has been listed as TBD.
Can we get an update @SpeakerPelosi?
Asking on behalf of the Constitution.
— Tricia Flanagan (R-NJ) (@NewDayForNJ) February 24, 2021
This MAGAite suggests President Biden is a “fraud,” and “unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit” because he hasn’t delivered a State of the Union address.
SOTU usually in late Jan or early Feb. Almost March and Fraud Biden a no show.
If Trump did this media would be hounding him.
Biden is unelected, illegitimate & totally unfit.
Rigged election 11/3/20 is looking like a worse crime all the time.#StopTheSteal
— Roger Thornhill (@RogerthornH) February 25, 2021
A Washington Times columnist falsely claiming President Biden can’t stand up long enough to deliver an address:
Biden isn’t healthy enough to stand in front of Congress for 60-90 minutes and give a SOTU and Democrats know it… that’s why they’re running cover for him.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 25, 2021
Former NRA spokesperson and pro-gun extremist thinks it was supposed to have been delivered “yesterday.”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) February 24, 2021
No. The real reason is Grandpa Dementia probably can’t make it for 60 minutes or so to actually deliver a SOTU. https://t.co/WLllUECrl9
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) February 25, 2021
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