Washing your hands after using the restroom seems like a given, right? Not so fast, says Fox News host Pete Hegseth.
On Fox and Friends Sunday morning, Hegseth told his co-hosts, Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila, that he didn't believe in the sanitary activity. The admission was prompted by Bila calling out Hegseth for eating leftover day-old pizza on the set.
"My 2019 resolution is to say things on-air that I say off-air," Hegseth said to his co-hosts. "'I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years."
As Henry and Bila laughed at this proclamation, Hegseth doubled down: "I inoculate myself," he said. "Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them; therefore, they're not real."
Hegseth even took his stand against hand-washing to Twitter. Following a tweet by user @smittymhs's defending the Fox News host, Hegseth retweeted the post, adding "#DontWash."
Though Hegseth doesn't think washing hands is important, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highly recommends that people do wash their hands. As the nation's health protection agency notes , one gram of human feces, which is about the weight of a paper clip, can contain one trillion germs.
The CDC states that the routine washing of hands with soap and clean, running water is crucial in battling against sickness and the spread of diseases.