MONTPELIER, Vt. — Ohio attorney Tom Renz, who has made national headlines for waging legal fights against excessive COVID mandates, visited Vermont on Friday to discuss strategies for responding to heavy-handed government.
Speaking to about 150 Vermonters at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Renz told the audience that when he started his career in law he meant to keep things local and simple, yet now he is routinely mentioned in national media for his work.
“The only thing remarkable about me is when everyone else stood down, I stood up,” Renz said.
In sharing his own experience working against COVID-related mandates, he advised being ready to withstand a backlash.
“Some of your friends and loved ones suddenly decide that they are not your friends and loved ones anymore,” Renz said. ” … I just know I’m unwilling to back down; I’ve planted my flag in the sand and I’m going to stand behind it come hell or high water, period.”
He suggested the Vermont GOP would benefit by differentiating the party from Democrats on vaccination policy.
“If there’s one issue that’s a winner, this is it,” he said. “Nobody is happy about this.”
According to recent polling by Rasmussen, 52 percent of Americans are against enforcing vaccine mandates on their colleagues.
Renz said an effective strategy for citizens opposing COVID-related mandates is to call for lawmakers to pass transparency-themed legislation, meaning Vermonters should have easy access to all the information they need regarding medical safety issues.
“How do you oppose transparency?” Renz said. “But guess what: If we can see how many people actually died from COVID compared to with COVID, that’s a big deal. Think of those headlines. That would be real hard to cover up.”
During the first year of the pandemic, the vast majority of COVID-related deaths were occurring in patients with numerous comorbidities, and at average age of 77.
Renz said the mainstream media has been hostile to some of his efforts, and that ordinary Americans can expect the same treatment if they speak out against government mandates.
“After hit piece after hit piece in the press, I’ve learned more about how evil I am in the press than I ever knew,” he said, jokingly. “You have no idea how many people I’ve been associated with that I haven’t met.”
He also said to expect double-standards from opposing groups when making sound policy arguments.
“Why is it that you are telling me out one side of your mouth that it’s ‘my body my choice’ when it comes to killing a baby, but I have to take an experimental gene therapy to keep you safe from a disease with a 99.9 percent recovery rate — and by the way, you’ve already taken that gene therapy, so if it keeps you safe why do I need to do it, and if it doesn’t, why?” he said.