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Governor Phil Scott’s Disgusting Smear of His Critics

Vermont governor Phil Scott speaks to the press in Montpelier, Vt., March 13, 2018. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

Vermont’s Republican governor, Phil Scott, has issued a statement responding to critics — including yours truly — of his state’s use of racial preferences in determining who is eligible for the life-saving coronavirus vaccines. Its title? “Statement by Governor Phil Scott About Racist Response to Efforts to Vaccinate Vermont’s BIPOC Population.”

Lies and obfuscation from the start, then.

In the body of the statement, Scott explains his reasoning for making the vaccine available only to people of certain skin colors in younger age groups:

Vermont’s data currently shows the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) population is at increased risk of hospitalization

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