GOP Leader Who Fought Against Vaccine Dies After Weeks-Long Battle With Coronavirus
Pressley Stutts, a local South Carolina Republican leader fighting COVID-19 vaccination efforts, died Thursday from the coronavirus after a week-long battle, including six days on a ventilator, The Greenville News reported.
Stutts, a 64-year-old veteran, frequently shared conspiracy theories on Facebook about the virus, vaccine, and the 2020 elections, including in posts he wrote from his bed in the intensive care unit.
Pressley Stutts was best known as the leader of the Greenville Tea Party. (Photo: Pressley Stutts)
Stutts was a board member of the Greenville County Republican Party and chairman of the Greenville Tea Party. He protested Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited the area in June to promote vaccinations, calling the effort an "ungodly initiative."
Stutts also praised the state's efforts to cut funding for schools that imposed mask mandates or testing requirements, and was furious at $ 10 vaccination voucher incentives, writing to his 5,000 followers, "Don't sell your body or soul, no matter how high the price is ."
In July, Stutts shared a Facebook post rejecting the Delta variant, which was likely the one that ended his life weeks later.
On August 1 - the day he went to intensive care - Stutts insisted that he "always claimed that COVID was very real" and called it "a deadly bio-weapon used by foreign and perhaps domestic enemies." People of the world was perpetrated. ”
However, he also posted conspiracy theories about the virus online. Last year he dismissed masks as an "illusion," claiming in December that there had been no spike in deaths in 2020, and said, "The American public has been gas-lit by the medical-industrial complex."
A research letter published in April calculated 522,368 additional deaths in 2020, an increase of 22.9 percent from 2019. Earlier this year, the CDC estimated there were 545,600 to 660,200 additional deaths from January 26, 2020 to February 27, 2021.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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