Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has praised a lady and left her with a present after she pled guilty earlier this 12 months to storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Dr. Simone Gold, an anti-vaccine advocate who reportedly ignored police and gave a speech to fellow rioters on Jan. 6, pleaded guilty in March to her role within the deadly attack.
Gold was sentenced to 2 months in prison, although she was released from a Miami federal facility two weeks before her sentence was up, based on MedPage Today.
Gold, who reportedly lives in Florida and isn’t a member of Gohmert’s congressional district in Texas, tweeted on Friday that she’d received a flag flown over the Capitol, the constructing she stormed on Jan. 6.
Gohmert shared Gold’s tweet and called her “a patriot and an American hero.”
In a Friday statement, Gohmert claimed that Gold’s actions on Jan. 6 amounted to “peacefully walking into” the Capitol constructing. He said she was “the definition of what a political prisoner looks like.”
“God Bless Dr. Gold,” Gohmert wrote on his website. “History won’t look kindly upon those that persecuted ― and prosecuted ― doctors who spoke out against the COVID lockdown, mask and vaccine mandates.”
Victor Ruiz, a former combat medic, tweeted that Gohmert’s presentation of the U.S. flag to Gold was a moment that “lit a fireplace within me.”
“To take a person guilty of an assault on Democracy and provides them the flag of the country they spit on? Louie Gohmert is a waste of oxygen,” Ruiz wrote.
As a Veteran and an American I even have had moments that light a fireplace within me. That is certainly one of them. To take a person guilty of an assault on Democracy and provides them the flag of the country they spit on? Louie Gohmert is a waste of oxygen. #VoteBlueNoMatterWho https://t.co/2XFKUJop0q
— Victor Ruiz ☮-The Voice Of Rican- (@portarican_RT) September 10, 2022
Kurt Bardella, a Democratic strategist and former spokesperson for the right-wing Breitbart News, tweeted that Gohmert’s gift of the flag amounted to “rewarding a domestic terrorist,” and called for Gohmert’s expulsion from Congress.
Louie Gohmert seen here rewarding a domestic terrorist. Imagine if a member of Congress gave an American flag that flew over the Capitol to certainly one of the terrorists who helped plan 9/11. That is that. Gohmert needs to be expelled from Congress. https://t.co/B7hibtjJKe
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) September 10, 2022
Gold is about for one 12 months of supervised release and is ordered to pay $10,000 for damage done to the Capitol constructing, MedPage Today reported.
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