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Megyn Kelly mocks Rachel Maddow for taking time to 'rewire' and not see maskless people as 'Covid deniers'

Megyn Kelly mocked Maddow's take on CDC's new guidelines with a tweet that said: 'Thoughts and prayers for her during this difficult time'
UPDATED MAY 16, 2021
Megyn Kelly went after Rachel Maddow for her take on CDC's new guidelines on masks (Getty Images)
Megyn Kelly went after Rachel Maddow for her take on CDC's new guidelines on masks (Getty Images)

Former Fox News star Megyn Kelly poked fun at MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Friday, May 14, after the latter complained a day earlier that she would have to "rewire" herself so she didn't perceive unmasked people as a threat. During an episode of 'The Rachel Maddow Show' on May 13, the liberal host was speaking to CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky.

Maddow later told her audience, "I will just tell you on a personal level I’m sorry for speaking of all that in such personal terms with Dr Walensky, but when I was talking to people today about this new guidance and what to ask her, everybody had really very personal feelings about it and I realized I did too, and all these questions.”


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"Part of it is that I feel like I’m going to have to rewire myself so that when I see somebody out in the world who’s not wearing a mask, I don’t instantly think, ‘You are a threat,’” Maddow continued. “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, because the CDC’s guidance, which she just told me, we are sure that if you’re vaccinated you don’t need to wear a mask except in very specific circumstances," she told her viewers.

She continued, saying,“And so that means as we change that as a country, we are going to have to look at each other differently and have to unwire our preconceptions about what a mask or a lack of a mask means.”  

Megyn Kelly mocked Maddow's fears with a tweet that said: “Thoughts and prayers for her during this difficult time."


Television host Rachel Maddow arrives for a lunch hosted in honor of Prime Minister David Cameron at the State Department on March 14, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Kelly previously took aim at Maddow way back in 2013 after the latter mocked the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s opposition to the Voting Rights Act. At the time, Maddow derided Scalia’s opinion that the Act was a “perpetuation of racial entitlement."

“He’s a troll. He’s saying this for effect," she ranted. "He knows it’s offensive and he knows he’s going to get a gasp from the courtroom, which he got, and he loves it. He’s like the guy on your blog comment thread who is using the n-word. ‘Oh, it made you mad? How about if I say this? Does it make you mad? Did it make you mad? Did it make you mad?’ He’s that guy! He’s that kind of guy! When we’re all shocked that he said something so blatantly racially offensive while talking about the cornerstone of the federal Civil Rights Act, he’s thinking, ‘Oh, yeah!’”

Surrounded by security, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia walks October 10, 2005, in the annual Columbus Day Parade in New York City. (Getty Images)

At the time, Kelly responded saying, “This has led to a lot of criticism of Justice Scalia including one liberal commentator calling him ‘a troll.’ As somebody who covered the high court for three years and practiced law for nine, I personally object to that kind of language against the Supreme Court justice."

"I don’t think it does anybody any good. I think they vote their consciences up there whether they’re left or right," she had said at the time.