Texas Anti-Mask 'Freedom Rally' Organizer Fighting For His Life With COVID-19

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  3 weeks ago  •  44 comments

By:   Josephine Harvey (HuffPost)

Texas Anti-Mask 'Freedom Rally' Organizer Fighting For His Life With COVID-19
His pregnant wife said this week that the hospital was "out of options" for her husband.

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His pregnant wife said this week that the hospital was "out of options" for her husband. 5d884ea42100000606e9f6e6.png?ops=100_100 By Josephine Harvey

A Texas man who helped organize protests against pandemic restrictions is fighting for his life after being hospitalized for nearly a month with COVID-19, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported.

His wife, Jessica Wallace, wrote Wednesday on Facebook that she had a "heartbreaking update" about her husband, Caleb.

"He's not doing good. It's not looking in our favor," she said. "His lungs are stiff due to the fibrosis. They called and said they've run out of options for him and asked if I would consent to a do not resuscitate. And it would be up to us when to stop treatments."

"My heart just can't. I can't imagine my life without him."

Caleb Wallace, a 30-year-old father of three, has been unconscious, ventilated and heavily sedated in the ICU at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo since Aug. 8, the Standard-Times reported. His wife said on a GoFundMe page for household and medical bills that he was was intubated multiple times, had high fevers, infection and bleeding in his chest.

In July 2020, Caleb Wallace reportedly helped organize a "freedom rally" that billed itself as a protest against the "government being in control of our lives." He also founded the San Angelo Freedom Defenders, which hosted a separate rally last year to "end COVID tyranny."

In a video from one of the group's events featuring Wallace and another organizer, attendees had signs saying "all jobs are essential" and "open Texas."

He wrote a letter in April to the San Angelo Independent School District that was published by a local news outlet. In it, he demanded that the school district "rescind ALL COVID-related policies immediately" and falsely claimed that wearing masks had harmful effects on children and that there was "little evidence that masks worked for anyone."

He signed the letter as state coordinator of the West Texas Minutemen, a right-wing militia group that has disseminated extensive anti-vaccine misinformation on Facebook. The group's page is no longer active, after a report by the Tech Transparency Project revealed that it was sharing misinformation. However, a page for the still-active East Texas Minutemen, which has also posted anti-mask rhetoric and false claims about COVID-19 treatments, is still active and is liked by Jessica and Caleb Wallace's shared Facebook page.

When he first felt symptoms on July 26, his wife told the Standard-Times, he refused to get tested or seek medical care. He instead began treating himself with a cocktail of Vitamin C, zinc, aspirin and ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that has been falsely promoted as an effective treatment for COVID-19 by conservative media. He was taken to the hospital on July 30.

Jessica Wallace told the Standard-Times that she was "less conservative" than her husband and personally wears a mask.

"Caleb would tell me, 'You know masks aren't going to save you,' but he understood I wanted to wear them," she said. "It gives me comfort to know that maybe, just maybe, I'm either protecting someone or avoiding it myself."

The Wallace family's story comes amid a mask debate across Texas, where Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order banning mask mandates. Some local officials have fought back or defied the order, creating a confusing patchwork of rules across more than 200 counties.

This has gone on amid a new wave of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Texas, driven by the virulent and highly contagious delta variant of the virus. Roughly 47% of Texas's eligible population has been fully vaccinated.

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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago
Roughly 47% of Texas's eligible population has been fully vaccinated.

There are roughly 16 million adults in Texas. Over half of that number are not vaccinated. 

They are in for a whole lot more hurt down there. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

gee, that's too fucking bad for that anti-vax nut.

 
 
 
MsMarple
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1.2  MsMarple  replied to  JohnRussell @1    3 weeks ago

I think I speak on behalf of many: whatever I would like to say here would be stricken down as being against the CoC.
Color me rebel.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  MsMarple @1.2    3 weeks ago

Riiiiiigggggghhhhhhttttttttt . . . . . . . 

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.2  Tessylo  replied to  MsMarple @1.2    3 weeks ago
"I think I speak on behalf of many: whatever I would like to say here would be stricken down as being against the CoC.Color me rebel."

Riiiiiiiggggghhhhhttttt jrSmiley_80_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago
Thom Hartmann
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Trump did this: Texas Anti-Mask 'Freedom Rally' Organizer Fighting For His Life With COVID-19
Of course Trump did this. You would have to be an idiot to think that Trump didnt do it. 
 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3  Paula Bartholomew    3 weeks ago

Play stupid games and win stupid prizes.

 
 
 
Gordy327
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3.1  Gordy327  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3    3 weeks ago

And this is what happens when someone is stupid.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
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3.2  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3    3 weeks ago

Being stupid should hurt.....

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @3.2    3 weeks ago

I think in this case it will

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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4  seeder  JohnRussell    3 weeks ago

www.local10.com   /news/florida/2021/08/27/florida-breaks-another-covid-record-with-27584-new-cases/

Florida breaks another COVID record with 27,584 new cases

David Selig 3-3 minutes   8/27/2021


Florida

State reports 150K new cases for third straight week

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.   – Florida has again set a new record for COVID-19 cases reported in a single day, with the CDC saying Friday that the state added 27,584 to its tally.

Eight more deaths connected to COVID-19 were reported by the state to the CDC, raising the total to 43,640 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

Florida’s case total is now at 3,179,493, the   CDC data shows .

The Florida Department of Health’s own weekly COVID-19 report also came out later Friday and showed a third consecutive week with more than 150,000 new cases.

The 151,749 new cases from Aug. 20-26 were a slight increase from the 150,236 a week prior.

Of those, 26,475 new cases in the past week were among children under 12 who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated.

The statewide new-case positivity rate dropped to 16.8%, according to the state, which is the lowest since mid-July. It had been 20.1% the previous week. ( See the full report at the bottom of this article. )

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A look at Florida's new cases and positivity rate over recent weeks.  (Florida Department of Health)

The state’s COVID death toll   increased by more than 900 in Thursday’s CDC data report , though those deaths didn’t all occur in the previous 24 hours and span back over weeks.

More than 26,000 new cases   had been reported Wednesday , which was the previous daily high.

The 7-day moving average for new cases in Florida has remained over 21,000 for more than two weeks. The state is accounting for about 15% of the new cases nationally.

Florida leads the nation with 16,457 people hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, according to the   U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Their metrics show that 85% of Florida’s overall hospital beds are occupied and 95% of the state’s ICU beds are filled.

The Florida Hospital Association notes that admissions are slowly coming down from the recent peak, however.

The latest state data shows that 68% of eligible Floridians (ages 12 and older) have received at least one vaccine shot, two percentage points higher than last week.

Miami-Dade has 86% of its eligible population vaccinated; Broward has 77%; Monroe has 76%; Palm Beach County has 71%.

To find out where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine in South Florida,   click here .

SEE THE STATE’S FULL WEEKLY COVID-19 REPORT BELOW:

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Split Personality
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5  Split Personality    3 weeks ago

Sadly, 30 year old Caleb passed this evening leaving 3 kids and a pregnant wife.

He had been unconscious on a ventilator since August 8

Perhaps if he hadn't been an ardent anti vaxxer, anti masker stubborn ass

and cared enough about himself to stick around and see his kiddos grow up

a hospital bed would have been available to a nearby US Army veteran of Afghanistan

46 year old Danny Wilkinson

who died of a gall stone issue this week

that under normal circumstance should have been a 2 hour outpatient procedure.

By the time a bed was found in the Vet system his kidneys were failing and his intestines were dying.

COVID's impact on those who don't have virus: Veteran dies at Houston hospital while waiting for treatment (msn.com)

 
 
 
Gordy327
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5.1  Gordy327  replied to  Split Personality @5    3 weeks ago
 30 year old Caleb passed this evening leaving 3 kids and a pregnant wife. Perhaps if he hadn't been an ardent anti vaxxer, anti masker stubborn ass

See my post 3.1

 
 
 
MrFrost
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5.2  MrFrost  replied to  Split Personality @5    3 weeks ago

It's tough at this point to feel sorry for anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers. It's not like they don't know that covid can kill you, masks are easy to wear and getting vaccinated is free. 

ZERO excuse at this time beyond medical exemptions. 

 
 
 
Gordy327
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5.2.1  Gordy327  replied to  MrFrost @5.2    3 weeks ago
It's tough at this point to feel sorry for anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers.

I don't! I have no sympathy for stupidity.

It's not like they don't know that covid can kill you, masks are easy to wear and getting vaccinated is free. 

Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people.

ZERO excuse at this time beyond medical exemptions. 

But, but...freedom. Civil liberties. Government regime. jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.2.2  devangelical  replied to  Gordy327 @5.2.1    3 weeks ago

he surrendered to the 6 foot deep state...

 
 
 
Gordy327
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5.2.3  Gordy327  replied to  devangelical @5.2.2    3 weeks ago

Ah, I see what you did there. jrSmiley_18_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Ozzwald
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5.3  Ozzwald  replied to  Split Personality @5    3 weeks ago
Sadly, 30 year old Caleb passed this evening leaving 3 kids and a pregnant wife.

After this, one can only hope that the pregnant wife, and any kids above 12 YOA, have gotten their vaccines.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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5.3.1  Split Personality  replied to  Ozzwald @5.3    3 weeks ago

I was unable to find any employment history to see if he had employer based healthcare or was self employed .

The gofundme page was started the day he was intubated 08/08/2021,

with Jessica Wallace asking for help with everyday bills like the mortgage, water bill and food.

They've raise over $60K so far but I think they are in for a rude surprise when they get the first hospital bill.

Hopefully Caleb had some life insurance.

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6  Gsquared    3 weeks ago

He was anti-vaccinations, but he did use horse dewormer to try to cure himself.  Maybe he should have ingested bleach.

 
 
 
Gordy327
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6.1  Gordy327  replied to  Gsquared @6    3 weeks ago
Maybe he should have ingested bleach.

Or gotten a "really powerful light."

 
 
 
Gsquared
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6.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  Gordy327 @6.1    3 weeks ago

They could probably try bleeding or leeches.

 
 
 
cjcold
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6.1.2  cjcold  replied to  Gsquared @6.1.1    3 weeks ago

Trump says that leeches worked on him.

 
 
 
bbl-1
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6.1.3  bbl-1  replied to  cjcold @6.1.2    3 weeks ago

Trump did not say that.  He is the leech.

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
6.1.4  Ozzwald  replied to  cjcold @6.1.2    3 weeks ago
Trump says that leeches worked on him.

Not even leeches would suck him.

 
 
 
Tacos!
Professor Expert
7  Tacos!    3 weeks ago

Well. At least he’s still got his freedom!

original

 
 
 
freepress
Freshman Silent
8  freepress    3 weeks ago

Support our troops and back the blue certainly didn't hold up.

The new leading cause of death in police departments across the country is Covid.

Men and women who served their country cannot get hospital care because too many unvaccinated patients have filled p hospitals in the south to the breaking point. People with non-covid health emergencies or accidents are being turned away from hospitals that are already full.

People are dying in record numbers once again like we saw with the first big surge. Texas and a few southern states whose governors are now asking for more refrigerated trucks to store the bodies. Not "fake" news, just a real tragedy of Americans not looking out for each other by getting vaccinated and following guidelines.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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8.1  Tessylo  replied to  freepress @8    3 weeks ago

And Abbott and Death Santis are still fighting mask and vaccine mandates I believe

 
 
 
squiggy
Freshman Quiet
9  squiggy    3 weeks ago

It's great that he died before killing his defenseless children.

 
 
 
Kathleen
Professor Principal
10  Kathleen    3 weeks ago

With some people there is nothing you can do. They are stubborn and stupid. They think they know better and believing their illusions have killed them. Sadly, it also killed others too. 

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
11  bbl-1    3 weeks ago

Cull of the MAGA?

 
 
 
Gordy327
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11.1  Gordy327  replied to  bbl-1 @11    3 weeks ago

Self inflicted too.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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12  Hal A. Lujah    3 weeks ago

This crowd won’t learn.  I went to an outdoor event with my wife and some close friends on Sunday, just an 80’s band having an outdoor concert in a big parking lot at a restaurant.  I’d never been to this place and wasn’t sure what to expect, but since it was outdoors we decided to go.  We grabbed the only table left and it was furthest from the stage next to the parking area.  The place was out in the sticks, and this is the vehicle that was parked right next to our table (yes, somebody drove this there, and yes that appears to be a mounted machine gun under a tarp).  We knew right away to stay away from this crowd because they were unlikely to have a high level of vaccination.  The patrons (mostly older rural folks) packed themselves in front of the stage and danced for two hours, while the singer bent over to stick the mic in anyone’s face who wanted to sing along.  I saw one mask the whole time.  It won’t be surprising if it doesn’t end well for them.

384

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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12.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @12    3 weeks ago
and yes that appears to be a mounted machine gun under a tarp

Yep; time to go.  Hopefully it was just a prop or for show or whatever. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
12.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @12.1    3 weeks ago

Are those even legal for civilians?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Principal
12.1.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Trout Giggles @12.1.1    3 weeks ago

I’m guessing it’s just a prop under the tarp to “own the libs”.  You know you’re in a good of’ boy town when someone is driving around in something like this and nobody blinks an eye to it.  The owner is probably the local police chief or something.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
12.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @12.1.2    3 weeks ago

I won't even go to Merriweather Post Pavilion which is right down the street from me and even though they have lawn seats

Mainly because of Co-vid

Also, who can afford the cost of the tickets anymore?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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13  evilgenius    3 weeks ago

Besides this story the conservative radio host the Atlantic named who once referred to himself as Mr Antivax died on Saturday of COVID.

 
 
 
Gordy327
Professor Principal
13.1  Gordy327  replied to  evilgenius @13    3 weeks ago

No big loss.

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
13.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Gordy327 @13.1    3 weeks ago

Within the last month there have been at least 2 radio hosts and one television talking head amongst the various other vocal anti-mask/anti-vax people. A number of shit talking opportunists parsing anti-propaganda like Tucker Carlson have been vaccinated. FoxNews parent corp mandated vaccines for all personnel.  

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Principal
13.1.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  evilgenius @13.1.1    3 weeks ago

I read this morning that Kid Rock had to cancel two upcoming shows because half his band has covid.  He was previously gloating about his packed show at Sturgis, and how the libs will cry when they see the photos of how much fun they were having packed together like sardines.  Now he’s whining like a little bitch because it didn’t end well for them.

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
13.1.3  Split Personality  replied to  evilgenius @13.1.1    3 weeks ago

Phil Valentine died last Saturday.

Marc Bernier, Mr. Ant-Vax died 2 days ago.

Dick Farrel another Florida conservative radio host died 08/04/2021

 
 
 
evilgenius
Professor Guide
13.1.4  evilgenius  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @13.1.2    3 weeks ago

Kid Rock... I used to like his music before he became a raging douchbag. About the time he started dating Pamela Anderson... Okay, maybe he was always a raging douchbag.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
13.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @13.1.2    3 weeks ago

Same here regarding Kid Rock  

What a shithead

 
 
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