A Beverly Hills doctor who gained national attention in July when she publicly criticized the coronavirus vaccine and advocated for hydroxychloroquine as a treatment against the deadly virus has been arrested in connection with the Capitol riots.
Dr. Simone Gold, 55, was among three Los Angeles residents who were arrested on Monday in connection with the insurrection. Gold was among those who entered the Capitol building last week during the deadly siege that disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election.
Gold previously confirmed to The Washington Post that she is the person pictured carrying a bullhorn on the Capitol grounds Wednesday in FBI and D.C. police bulletins seeking more information about individuals who were present.
“I can certainly speak to the place that I was, and it most emphatically was not a riot,” the California resident said in a phone interview with the Post. “Where I was, was incredibly peaceful.”
Last Summer, Gold organized a sparsely attended news conference on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to condemn pandemic lockdowns and rave about how “hydroxychloroquine works” as a treatment for COVID-19. Video of the event, organized by conservative activists, was retweeted by the president and viewed by millions before social media platforms took it down.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Gold and Strand, federal authorities were tipped off to the pair’s attendance by The Washington Post article.
In a 30-second video filmed during the Jan 6. insurrection, Gold can be seen speaking in the Rotunda while two police officers stand behind her, gesturing at her and others to leave.
While most of her speech is inaudible in the video, Gold can be heard saying “I’m a mom” and “massive medical establishment.”
Looks like Dr. Simone Gold is gonna need a lawyer.
Oh, wait… She a lawyer!
Is this why her social media doesn’t have any images or video of her posted in DC?
— (@Autre_Vierge) January 8, 2021