Responding to the news that Donald Trump plans a visit to Vermont, our own Senator Bernie Sanders released this rather restrained statement:
“I welcome Mr. Trump to Vermont. I hope his presence here will help him better understand Vermont values — social and economic justice, tolerance, respect for all people and the environment.”
…To which I can only say, “Don’t hold your breath, Senator!”
For the Vermont Democratic party this is a sit-back-and-enjoy-the-show moment because, whatever happens, the Vermont GOP is bound to be dis-served by a visit from the celebrated Imp of Intolerance.
Usually, a big name on the national ticket coming to town means donations and reflected glory flooding statewide candidates of the same party.
That doesn’t promise to be the likely effect of Mr. Trump’s visit.
I almost feel sorry for Randy Brock, who has very recently taken a giant step away from the presumptive GOP national nominee…something that Phil Scott has avoided over the past couple of months, although he did say last September that he couldn’t support Trump.
What might Phil Scott’s reward be for keeping a lid on it? A photo op with His Nibs? And how would that play in Putney?
Under the immediate circumstances, I don’t know which has made the wiser decision.