VBScript query help needed, like versus =: Help me w/ query language in VBScript: “Like” works, while “=” fails:

FROM Audit_log
where AU_DESCRIPTION = 'Entity deleted permanently'

where AU_DESCRIPTION like '%Entity deleted permanently%'

[This need comes from trying to write a query for an excel report]

"The data types text and varchar are incompatible in the equal to operator" was the error message