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Texas GOP official who mocked vaccines and masks has died from COVID-19

H. Scott Apley, a councilmember of Dickinson, Texas and member of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee, has died from COVID-19.

Dickinson City Council member and State Republican Executive Committee member H. Scott Apley, 45, died due to complications from COVID-19 Wednesday morning.

H. Scott Apley

The Daily Beast reported that Apley was admitted to the Galveston hospital on Sunday with “pneumonia-like symptoms,” and shortly after, he was hooked up to a ventilator

 Apley rallied against most COVID-19 safety policies.

“In May, Apley posted an invitation for a ‘mask burning’ being held at a bar in Cincinnati, commenting, ‘I wish I lived in the area!'” reports The Daily Beast. “A couple of weeks earlier, he posted a news article about giveaways and incentives meant to encourage people to get vaccinated, writing, ‘Disgusting.’ Apley also railed against so-called vaccine passports, which restrict high-risk activities, such as indoor dining, to the fully vaccinated. Recently, he suggested that mask mandates in Germany were akin to Nazism.”

just five days before he died,  Apley mocked COVID vaccines on Facebook that read: “In 6 months, we’ve gone from the vax ending the pandemic—to you can still get covid even if vaxxed—to you can pass covid onto others even if vaxxed—to you can still die of covid even if vaxxed—to the unvaxxed are killing the vaxxed.”

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