Republican Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas recently presented an honorary American flag above the U.S. Capitol to a condemned riot Jan. 6 after his release from prison on Friday.
Gohmert, a Trump ally who has previously promoted debunked conspiracies about the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising, met Dr. Simone Gold on his release from Miami federal prison on Friday and presented him with a flag waving above of the Capitol with an official certificate. In a statement released on FridayGohmert falsely claimed Gold was “a political prisoner,” a term many supporters of former President Donald Trump have used to inaccurately describe the Jan. 6 prosecution and incarceration of the defendants.
“Dr. Gold is the definition of what a political prisoner looks like – something I never thought I would 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 jail 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 FDA-cleared vaccines.
The day before Jan. 6, Gold spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, DC, where she continued to promote vaccine misinformation. The next day, she joined a group of rioters who fought their way past officers and stormed the US Capitol. She later spoke via megaphone to other rioters gathered in Statuary Hall.
During his sentencing hearing in June, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper chastised Gold for “leaving people with the false impression that this is a political prosecution.” Cooper gave him a 60-day jail term after he pleaded guilty to entering the Capitol’s restricted grounds, a misdemeanor with a potential maximum sentence of a year behind bars.
The statement released Friday by Gohmert’s office says he presented Gold with the flag “to celebrate his invaluable work and contributions to public health, medical freedom and our God-given constitutional rights.”
The certificate presented with the flag said it was awarded ‘in honor of the beginning of the priceless rest of the life of (Gold)…with much appreciation, admiration and respect’, according to photos of the flag presentation posted on Gold’s Twitter account.
Gohmert, who leaves Congress at the end of his term next year after an unsuccessful run for Texas attorney general, is one of the most vocal promoters of the January 6 conspiracies. He is also part of a group of House Republicans who rallied to the defense of some of those charged in connection with the insurgency.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from Congressman Gohmert, a true supporter of freedom and a strong defender of our constitutional rights,” Gold said. said via Twitter.
The Architect of the Capitol, the office responsible for maintaining the grounds of the United States Capitol, provides official flags flown above the Capitol to members of Congress upon request. The office “answers an average of more than 100,000 flag requests” from lawmakers each year, according to its website.
Gold is one of more than 125 Capitol Rioters who have been sentenced to jail or jail after being convicted of crimes related to Jan. 6. Nearly 875 people across the country have been charged by the Justice Department.