"I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing". And by using the depressingly enormous platform that is Fox News to share this misinformation, he's put us all in a position where we're actually having to have a conversation about the reality of germs and the importance of washing your hands, like we're all back in preschool-preschool in the year 1870. He did not see any issue with eating the pizza, he said, then added that he didn't think he had washed his hands in 10 years. Hegseth would like those anti-vaxxers to hold his germ-covered beer.
Prompting Bila to say: "Someone help me".
Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye. "Therefore, they're not real", he inexplicably continued.
Plenty of teachers also mocked his claims with one joking that he'd learn about germs if he spent anytime in a children's classroom: 'Spend some time as a teacher in a kindergarten class, trust me, you'll wash your hands!'
"My dad has that theory too", Bila told him.
Hegseth confirmed the joke when he retweeted and commented on MSNBC host Chris Hayes' tweet, which said, "he's. pretty clearly joking?"
Washing one's hands is one of the rudimentary best practices in preventive medicine as it prevents the spread of infections and viruses to other people.
According to a scientific study published by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information, one gram (0.03oz) of human faeces - about the weight of a paper clip - can contain one trillion germs.
Some, however, pointed out that Hegseth was likely just stirring the pot.