An Ohio man who dismissed the coronavirus pandemic as a “political ploy” and ripped his state’s lockdown as “bulls–t,” has died of COVID-19. John W. McDaniel, 60, passed away last Wednesday in Columbus — exactly a month after firing off a series of angry messages about the virus. “Does anybody have the guts to say this COVID-19 is a political ploy? Asking for a friend. Prove me wrong,” he wrote on March 13th. Two days later, McDaniel called “bulls–t” on Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order closing bars and restaurants. “He doesn’t have that authority. If you are paranoid about getting sick just don’t go out. It shouldn’t keep those of us from living our lives,” he wrote. “The madness has to stop.” McDaniel’s obituary confirmed he died “with his loving family by his side from complications from Covid-19.” He leaves behind a wife and 2 sons and will have a live-streamed funeral on Wednesday.
John W. McDaniel