He could have been a United States senator. Instead, he's throwing axes at people on cable television.
In 2012, Pete Hegseth thought he would be better at senatoring than Minnesota's incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar. However, the CEO of advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America got his butt kicked in the Republican primary and bowed out of the race.
Fortunately for fans of Internet ridiculousness, the former low-level candidate now serves as a Fox News contributor and has done something stupid on camera. In a recent “Fox & Friends” segment no mother would approve of, the former Vets for Freedom executive director and Army National Guardsman squared off against co-host Clayton Morris in a totally safe axe tossing contest. But Hegseth missed his mark. Big time.
Hegseth, whose veteran-ness is ingrained in his political identity, sailed the weapon over the target and into a drummer with the West Point Hellcats marching band. The rest of the band, which was on the show celebrating Flag Day and the Army's 240th birthday, didn't miss a beat as Jeff Prosperie clutched his arm in pain and walked off. Video of Hegseth's botched throw originally surfaced on media blog Mediaite.com. The above clip was not the televised edit, which didn't show Prosperie being hit.
Prosperie acknowledged the incident on Facebook, saying he was fortunate the broadside of the axe hit his elbow, though he sustained a few cuts.
I was hit by an axe while performing a drum solo live on National TV.....words I never imagined saying! This happened...
The injured drummer elaborated in the comment section, writing “My leadership told me they were told there would be no axe throwing. I think the anchor person went rogue and decided to throw it. He had only thrown it once before in practice for an upcoming segment and they told him to throw it with more force.”
Here's hoping Prosperie didn't have to seek care from Veterans Affairs. As for Hegseth, it's unclear whether he will ever throw an axe or run for office again. But so far he's 0-2.
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