Republican official who mocked COVID in final Facebook post dies of virus in Texas

Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

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 July 30, Apley shared a Twitter post mocking COVID-19.

“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,” 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. Wednesday, according to the GoFundMe.

His wife and 5-month-old son also tested positive for the virus, KTRK reported.

The Galveston County Republican Party called Apley’s death “a tragedy.” A separate post from Patrick J. McGinnis, the chairman of the county’s 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 news release Wednesday it is “incredibly saddened” to learn about Apley’s death.

“The entire staff of the Republican Party of Texas grieves his loss and extends our prayers of peace and comfort for Scott’s family in this difficult time,” the party said.

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