Texas politician dies from virus he regularly downplayed on social media
A new Republican father and lawmaker in Texas has died from Covid-19 – a virus he has often downplayed in social media posts. H. Scott Apley was admitted to a hospital in Galveston on August 1 “with pneumonia-like symptoms”. He tested positive for the virus, was put on a ventilator, and then died – all within days.
Just days before Apley, who served on Dickinson’s city council, was hospitalized, he reposted a meme questioning vaccines. “In 6 months, we went from vax ending the pandemic – to you can still be covid even if vaxxed – to you can transmit covid to others even if vaxxed – to you can still die of covid even if vaxxed – to not vaxxed kill vaxxed.
In April, he responded to a doctor touting the effectiveness of vaccines on Twitter, calling her “the absolute enemy of a free people.”
You are the absolute enemy of a free people. #ShoveTheCarrotWhereTheSunDontShine.
– M Scott Apley (@hsapley) April 2, 2021
In other earlier articles, he denounced Republican Gov. Greg Abbot for (briefly) shutting down Texas at the start of the pandemic, and repeatedly told those calling for mask warrants in the state to “take Control “.
– M Scott Apley (@hsapley) April 21, 2020
It all comes down to one undeniable fact: disinformation is deadly. It has been a plague throughout the pandemic – as anyone who has taken to social media knows – and health officials have expressed deep concern about how the lies regularly shared online are having an impact. on Americans’ decisions to get vaccinated. The vast majority of people hospitalized and dying from the virus right now are not vaccinated.
It’s hard not to wonder if things would have turned out differently for Apley had he had different opinions about the virus. He is not the first (and certainly won’t be the last) American to die from the virus after questioning its severity or questioning the need for vaccines. But knowing that he is leaving behind a little boy makes him a real tragedy, and anyone with a heart should agree with that statement, regardless of Apley’s political views.
Just a month ago, he posted on Facebook: “I hope to live long. I have a lot of things that I want to do, see and experience with my wife, friends and family. And I have a lot of hopes and dreams for my son Reid. It’s devastating to read this, knowing that her life would be cut short weeks later.
Apley’s social media posts also show that he was a man of deep religious convictions who viewed helping others as a major goal in his life. If his lost battle with Covid-19 helps others realize that it’s time to start taking the pandemic seriously and get vaccinated, his death could end up saving lives.