It’s hard for me to tell if Governor Scott is serious. He says he wants fairer taxes, more jobs, better access to health care, bodily freedom for women, and acceptance for immigrants and LGBTQ people. Yet, he won’t repudiate the Republican Party, even though its leaders oppose all of that. He won’t criticize President Trump by name for his sordid, corrupt behavior or his tweets about violating the Constitution. He subverts state employees’ union arbitration. Now, this month, he’ll help raise money for Scott Walker, former governor of Wisconsin, who enthusiastically supported policies that punished women, African-Americans, gay people, non-white voters, workers, teachers, union members and the natural environment, all while cheerleading for President Trump.
What am I supposed to think, when I superimpose these two Phil Scotts? One of them is fake. His Republican-ness is a vote getter, but his clinging to it says worse things about him than it does about his voters. I hope he finds some moral courage and tells Governor Walker and President Trump where to go, and I hope he’ll embrace a sensible view of social inclusion and diversity, so he won’t wreck the lives of Vermonters he claims to care about.