Pressley Stutts, a Republican chief in South Carolina who fought COVID-19 vaccination efforts, died on Thursday of the coronavirus after a weekslong battle, together with six days spent on a ventilator, The Greenville News reported.
Stutts served as an government committee member of the Greenville County Republican Party and the chief of the Greenville Tea Party. He protested Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited the realm in June to advertise vaccination and referred to as the trouble an “ungodly initiative.”
Stutts additionally praised a state effort to strip funding from faculties that imposed masks mandates or testing necessities, and was indignant about $10 reward card incentives for vaccination, writing to his 5,000 followers: “Do not sell your body nor your soul no matter the asking price.”
In July, Stutts shared a Facebook publish dismissing the delta variant, which was seemingly the one which ended his life.
On Aug. 1 ― the day he went into the ICU ― Stutts insisted he had “always contended that COVID was very real” and referred to as it “a deadly bio-weapon perpetrated upon the people of the world by enemies foreign, and perhaps domestic.”
He additionally posted conspiracy theories concerning the virus on-line. Last 12 months, he dismissed masks as an “illusion,” claimed in December that there had been no improve in deaths in 2020, and mentioned, “the American public has been gaslighted by the medical industrial complex.”
A analysis letter revealed in April calculated 522,368 extra deaths in 2020, a rise of 22.9% over 2019. Earlier this 12 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 545,600 to 660,200 extra deaths from Jan. 26, 2020, by Feb. 27, 2021.
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