By Terry Ballard from Merrick, New York, USA - Book, CC BY 2.0,

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow claimed on Thursday that she would be forced to ‘rewire’ herself in order to not view people walking around without a mask as a threat in the wake of the CDC’s new guidelines allowing individuals who are vaccinated to walk around unmasked.

As Fox News reports:

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said Thursday she would need to “rewire” herself to no longer look at unmasked people as a “threat” in response to relaxed federal guidelines for vaccinated persons.

Following months of criticism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that vaccinated people could ditch masks in nearly all circumstances. While met with relief and calls like “it’s about damn time” from Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, some liberal figures fretted about the sudden shift.

“I feel like I’m going to have to rewire myself so that when I see someone out in the world who’s not wearing a mask, I don’t instantly think, ‘You are a threat,’” Maddow said. “Or you are selfish or you are a Covid denier and you definitely haven’t been vaccinated. I mean, we’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other.”

Maddow said Americans should give each other space to process the feelings about the shift in “norms” over the new mask guidance, predicting there would be a “visceral reaction.”

Perhaps the real problem for Maddow isn’t the fact that the CDC has changed its guidelines on masks but rather the fact that she was unhinged enough to have previously viewed unmasked Americans as threats.

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