Jun 17, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Anti-vaccine doctor sentenced to 2 months for storming the Capitol

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A doctor who is a leader in the anti-vaccine movement was sentenced to two months in prison on Thursday for storming the U.S. Capitol, according to the Department of Justice.

The big picture: Simone Gold was sentenced to two months in jail and one year of supervised release for her role in the attack on Jan. 6, 2021, and was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and $500 restitution.

  • Gold, who is from California, delivered speeches to rioters that day, according to court documents.
  • She had traveled to Washington D.C. from Tampa, Florida the day before to speak out against COVID-19 lockdowns and to promote the use of hydroxychloroquine.

What they're saying: Gold told the judge that she regrets her actions that day and had not intended to get involved in something that was “so destructive to our nation," AP reports.

  • "It's the opposite of who I am," she said, adding that her reputation was "utterly shredded."

Flashback: After the Jan. 6 riot, Gold told the Washington Post that she didn't witness any violence at the Capitol and she didn't think she was breaking any laws.

  • "I can certainly speak to the place that I was, and it most emphatically was not a riot," Gold said.
  • "Where I was, was incredibly peaceful."
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