Second Prominent NH Conspiracy Theorist – and ReOpen NH Endorsed Candidate – Dies of COVID
Former NH Republican House candidate Wes Chapmon frequently spread disinformation on COVID-19, opposed masks and vaccines, and organized opposition to Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s COVID-19 public health measures –before becoming a critical COVID-19 patient in Dartmouth’s ICU
CONCORD, NH – Wes Chapmon, a prominent New Hampshire conspiracy theorist who spread disinformation about COVID-19, has died of COVID. Chapmon is the second prominent COVID denier activist to die of COVID-19 in New Hampshire in the past two weeks.
“COVID-19 has taken the lives of too many Americans, which is why it is critically important that we all come together to promote strong public health measures to slow the spread of COVID and save lives,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Disinformation is deadly, and we urge those who care about the health and safety of our families and our nation to get vaccinated, mask up, and follow public health guidance. It is particularly important to do that right now as our hospitals are stretched to capacity caring for critically-ill COVID patients, some of whom will still unfortunately pass away and leave behind grieving loved ones.”
According to online reports, Chapmon spent time at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin before being transferred to the ICU at Dartmouth Hitchcock, where he later succumbed to COVID-19.
Over the course of the pandemic, Chapmon routinely spread disinformation about COVID-19, comparing public health guidance to Nazi Germany and rape, promoting the dangerous use of hydroxycloroquine and ivermectin, and organizing opposition to COVID-19 protocols for health care workers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, where his wife worked. Chapmon’s COVID denier beliefs are well-documented on his Liberty Defense Coalition website and Facebook page, as well as his personal Facebook page. Chapmon was a ReOpen NH and NH Liberty Alliance endorsed Republican candidate for State Representative in 2020.
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