Washington state anti-vax senator dies after contracting Covid-19
Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen fell ill with Covid-19 last month while traveling to El Salvador. The 52-year-old Republican – who had criticized Washington Gov. Jay Inslee for his vaccine tenures – then disappeared from the public eye. On Saturday, his family announced his death.
According to CBS, after contracting Covid in November, Ericksen took a medevac flight to a hospital in Florida, and “no information on his location or condition has been released since.”
From the New York Times:
Mr. Ericksen, who represented much of Whatcom County, had served in the legislature since 1999, becoming a prominent Conservative voice and one of the earliest supporters of Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign. During the pandemic, he led efforts to tackle Governor Jay Inslee’s restrictions on coronaviruses, introducing legislation that would have banned vaccination warrants and calling on the governor to step down.
“Washington state is # 1 in government coercion,” Ericksen said in a statement last month.
It is not known whether Mr. Ericksen had been vaccinated.
In an email sent to Washington state lawmakers on November 11, Ericksen said he “traveled to El Salvador and tested positive for COVID shortly after arriving,” and asked to helping with the treatment to be transported to the country to aid in his recovery, according to the Seattle Times, which said it obtained the email from a member of the state Senate.
Ericksen had repeatedly called for the resignation of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, in numerous articles on his website. Its latest press release, dated November 1, said the state was the “national leader of an authoritarian government.”
“Throughout this COVID situation, Inslee has been out of step with the rest of the country,” Ericksen said in the statement. “He says his act of revenge was based on science, but it is certainly not science understood by public health officials and elected leaders in every other state in the Union.”
Inslee released a statement on Saturday in response to news of Ericksen’s death, saying he and his wife send “our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Senator Doug Ericksen. Our hearts are with them.” .
The list of conservative leaders who have died from Covid-19 – competing with the list of anti-mask hijacking flights – is mind-boggling to say the least.