Rep. Louie Gohmert (R. TX), a noted supporter of former President Donald Trump and his myriad of conspiracy theories and lies about the 2020 election, recently presented a Capitol rioter with an American flag that flew over the Capitol and an official certificate as she was  release.

Dr. Simone Gold was released from federal prison in Miami, Florida, last Friday and was met outside by Gohmert.

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Gold founded America’s Frontline Doctors, a group that specializes in spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, she took a plea deal for her involvement in the January 6, 2021 riot/insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

In June, she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and was sentenced to 60 days in prison.

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Gohmert issued a statement calling Gold a “political prisoner” and said that the Biden administration for “unjustly prosecuting” her:

“After having her name and reputation shamefully dragged through the mud, the Biden administration’s DOJ threw her in prison for peacefully walking into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and delivering a speech. 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.

God Bless Dr. Gold. History will not look kindly upon those who persecuted—and prosecuted—doctors who spoke out against the COVID lockdown, mask and vaccine mandates.”

Gold tweeted that she was “honored” to receive the recognition from the congressman.

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Gold spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington on January 5, 2021, promoting both vaccine misinformation and Trump’s “big lie.” Then, the following day, she breached the US Capitol with a group of rioters, pushing their way past Capitol Police officers, and later in the day, addressed a crowd of fellow rioters through a megaphone.

At her sentencing, US District Judge Christopher Cooper admonished Dr. Gold for “leaving people with the misimpression that this is a political prosecution” and sentenced her to 60 days behind bars.

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