Republican congressman presents convicted January 6 rioter with flag flown over US Capitol after her release from prison

Sep 11, 2022, 6:00 AM
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas presented an honorary American flag recently flown above the...
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 15: U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) speaks at a press conference on the House January 6 Committee hearings at the U.S. Capitol on June 15, 2022 in Washington, DC. Gohmert spoke out against the Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the conditions of the D.C. jail where many prisoners arrested in connection to the attack are being held. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
(Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

(CNN) — Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas presented an honorary American flag recently flown above the US Capitol to a convicted January 6 rioter after she was released from prison Friday.

Gohmert, a Trump ally who has previously promoted debunked conspiracies about the January 6, 2021, insurrection, met Dr. Simone Gold upon her release from federal prison in Miami on Friday and gifted her a flag flown over the Capitol along with an official certificate. In a statement released Friday, Gohmert falsely claimed that Gold was “a political prisoner,” a term many supporters of former President Donald Trump have used to inaccurately describe the prosecution and incarceration of January 6 defendants.

“Dr. Gold is the definition of what a political prisoner looks like — something I never thought I’d see here in the United States of America,” Gohmert said.

Gold is a well-known Covid-19 conspiracy theorist who was sentenced to 60 days in prison in June for her involvement in the January 6 riot. She is the founder of America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that received national attention for spreading false claims about Covid-19, pushing unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine and later lying about the FDA-authorized vaccines.

The day before January 6, Gold spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC, where she further promoted vaccine misinformation. The next day, she joined a group of rioters who forced their way past officers and breached the US Capitol. She later spoke through a megaphone to fellow rioters gathered in Statuary Hall.

At her sentencing hearing in June, US District Judge Christopher Cooper chastised Gold for “leaving people with the misimpression that this is a political prosecution.” Cooper gave her the 60-day jail sentence after she pleaded guilty to entering restricted Capitol grounds, a low-level misdemeanor with a maximum potential sentence of one year behind bars.

The statement released by Gohmert’s office Friday said he presented Gold with the flag “to celebrate her invaluable work and contributions to public health, medical freedom and our God-given constitutional rights.”

The certificate presented with the flag said it was given “in honor of the beginning of the rest of (Gold’s) invaluable life … with great appreciation, admiration and awe,” according to photos of the flag presentation released on Gold’s Twitter account.

Gohmert, who is leaving Congress when his term ends next year following an unsuccessful run for Texas attorney general, is one of the most vocal promoters of January 6 conspiracies. He is also part of a group of House Republicans that have rallied to the defense of some of the people charged in connection with the insurrection.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from Congressman Gohmert, a true believer in freedom and a fierce defender of our constitutional rights,” Gold said via Twitter.

The Architect of the Capitol, the office responsible for maintaining the grounds of the US Capitol, provides official flags flown over the Capitol to members of Congress upon request. The office “fulfills on average more than 100,000 flag requests” from lawmakers annually, according to its website.

Gold is one of more than 125 Capitol rioters who have been sentenced to jail or prison after being convicted of crimes related to January 6. Nearly 875 people from across the country have been charged by the Justice Department.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

Picture reads scam alert! missed jury scam targeting utahns....
Mark Jackson

Federal, state authorities warn of return of missed jury duty, outstanding warrant scam

Officials are warning Utahns -- and those is surrounding states -- about a missed jury or warrant scam that aims to get money out of victims.
9 hours ago
Coolio, the '90s rapper who lit up the music charts with hits like "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Fantas...
Sandra Gonzalez, CNN

Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dead at 59

(CNN) — Coolio, the ’90s rapper who lit up the music charts with hits like “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Fantastic Voyage,” has died, his friend and manager Jarez Posey, told CNN. He was 59. Posey said Coolio died in the afternoon hours local time in Los Angles on Wednesday. Details on the circumstances were not immediately […]
9 hours ago
The Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City is pictured on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret N...
Lindsay Aerts

Silicon Summit announces statewide expansion

Silicon Summit will announce their plans for expansion. Starting next year, the two-day summit will be held over one week.
9 hours ago
Utahns head to Florida to aid in relief from Hurricane Ian....
Aubri Wuthrich

Utahns volunteer with American Red Cross to aid hurricane evacuees in Florida

The American Red Cross has volunteers on the ground in Florida to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
9 hours ago
Hurricane Tropical Storm Sally...
Amanda Dickson

Hurricane days were like snow days

For those who have spent time in Florida, like KSL NewsRadio's Amanda Dickson, hurricane days are much like snow days here in Utah.
9 hours ago
Hurricane Ian flooding in Naples, Florida....
Amir Vera, Eric Levenson, Jason Hanna and Nouran Salahieh, CNN

Hurricane Ian weakens to Category 3 after making landfall in Florida, but officials warn the worst is yet to come

Hurricane Ian has weakened to a Category 3 storm hours after pummeling southwestern Florida Wednesday, but officials are warning people to stay inside as the worst of the storm is still on the way.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Republican congressman presents convicted January 6 rioter with flag flown over US Capitol after her release from prison