January 6

Beverly Hills anti-vax doctor who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 pleads guilty

Simone Gold, a California doctor who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, pleaded guilty this Thursday to unlawfully entering and remaining in the Capitol building, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Gold, a prominent anti-vaccine doctor who has gained notoriety during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an associate, John Herbert Strand, also of Beverly Hills, were indicted in January 2021 on five charges, including obstruction, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted government building.

Gold said little at Thursday’s hearing before a U.S. District Court judge for the District of Columbia beyond “yes, your honor” and asking him to refer to her as Dr. Gold, rather than Ms. Gold.

Gold is the founder America’s Frontline Doctors, a right-wing political organization known for spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. The group, which bills itself as “America’s premier civil liberties group,” gained a following in the summer of 2020 by promoting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus.

Read the full report over at the Los Angeles Times.

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