Dr. Simone Gold, a Beverly Hills doctor who promoted hydroxychloroquine for treating COVID-19 and has publicly criticized the coronavirus vaccine, was arrested on Monday in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
From The Daily Beast:
Gold garnered national attention in July when she organized a press 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.
The doctor made a similar speech during the Jan. 6 insurrection, confirming to The Washington Post she was photographed holding a megaphone on the Rotunda floor. (In June, the FDA revoked its emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine, stating the drug could actually do more harm than good because of its “ongoing serious cardiac adverse events and other potentially serious side effects.”)
In a 30-second video, 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.”
Gold told The Post that she followed a crowd into the Capitol and assumed it was legal, adding that she witnessed no violence while she was there.
“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 Monday. “Where I was, was incredibly peaceful.”
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