According to a GoFundMe campaign set up for Apley and his family, H. Scott was admitted to a local hospital on Aug. 1, and was then quickly put on a ventilator. He died in the early hours of Aug. 4. According to KTRK, Apley’s wife Melissa and 5-month-old son Reid also tested positive for the virus. The surviving Apleys have not been hospitalized.
Apley’s political worldview seems to have been a typical Christian right-wing conservative one. Apley’s Twitter presence was made up of mostly Christian aphorisms and quotes from both Testaments, with some political posts scattered about. The general tenor of his politics had to do with keeping the federal government from what he perceived to be an infringement on citizens’ constitutional rights, extending to all of the standard conservative talking points, such as the need to lower taxes on corporations.
The Washington Post points out that Apley’s social media pages included not simply the anti-vaxx sentiments of the right, but also the anti-mask interpretation of freedom. In May, Apley posted an advertisement of a “Mask Burning” at a bar, writing “I wish I lived in the area!” He also posted a story about various ways in which Texas was trying to promote vaccinations by using incentives like tickets and giveaways, commenting that the efforts were “disgusting.”
Apley was an elected official on the Dickinson City Council and was also serving his first term on the Texas GOP’s State Republican Executive Committee.
H. Scott Apley was 45 years old. He leaves behind a wife and an infant son. This is tragic, in no small part because it was preventable.