When MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow says, “We’re going to have to rewire the way that we look at each other,” she’s right. And it’s a real shame.
It isn’t the virus that made Americans instantly distrustful of one another. It’s the ruling classes in the halls of Congress and at the CDC and on the set of MSNBC who turned masks and vaccines into a political football and dissenters into threatening and selfish enemies. Now as Americans are given permission (however unnecessarily) that they can go back to normal, they won’t because they’ve demonized the optics of it.