Texas GOP official who mocked COVID-19 dies from virus
A Texas GOP official whose social media posts include anti-mask and anti-vaccine rhetoric has died from COVID-19.
H. Scott Apley, who according to the Galveston News was a member of the Galveston County Republican Party and Dickinson City Council, was 45 years old.
In his last Facebook post on July 30, Apley shared a post on Twitter poking fun at COVID-19.
“In 6 months, we went from vax ending the pandemic, to you can still catch Covid even if vaxxed, to you can transmit Covid to others even if vaxxed, to you can still die from Covid even if vaxxed, to unvaxxed kill the vaxxed, ”the post read.
Apley was admitted to a Galveston hospital two days after that post with pneumonia-like symptoms, according to a GoFundMe page. He tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator.
He died around 3 a.m. on Wednesday, according to GoFundMe.
His wife and 5-month-old son have also tested positive for the virus, KTRK reported.
The Galveston County Republican Party called Apley’s death a “tragedy.” A separate article by Patrick J. McGinnis, chairman of the county Republican Party, said Apley was a hard worker who was “deeply committed to the betterment of his community.”
The Texas Republican Party said in a press release Wednesday that it was “incredibly saddened” to learn of Apley’s death.
“All the staff of the Texas Republican Party mourn their loss and send our prayers of peace and comfort to Scott’s family at this difficult time,” the party said.
Neither the local nor the state Republican Party made reference in their messages to Apley’s death from COVID-19.
It is not known whether Apley received a COVID-19 vaccine or if he caught the delta variant, which is leading to an increase in cases throughout Texas and most of the United States.
In other Apley’s Facebook posts, he has shown his support for mask-burning and called the incentives to encourage vaccinations “disgusting.”