[COMMENTARY] MAGA Capitol Rioter Breaks Down and Cries While Pleading Guilty
As the prosecutions began for the over 650 Donald Trump supporters who were arrested and charged for their actions at the Capitol on January 6th, the defendants have behaved with various degrees of decorum. From the “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, who demanded organic food when he was first jailed, then increasingly became more emotionally unhinged the longer he remained in custody, to the more defiant ones who claimed they were just following Trump’s orders, the bravado that was on full display on January 6th evaporates when facing a judge.
The schadenfreude is particularly agreeable when we witness the complete emotional breakdown of someone who had confidently breached the Capitol thanks to being enabled by Trump’s constant rhetoric. And that happened once again on Tuesday as one of the MAGA minions got in his feelings while being sentenced for his crimes against the United States of America.
Robert Palmer (also known as “Florida Flag Man”) might share his name with one of the greatest rock singers of all time, but he also, unfortunately, has a bad case of loving Donald Trump and a hatred for legitimate elections with a whole bunch of other people. Hailing from (of course) Tampa, Florida, this Robert Palmer found the lure of attacking the Capitol simply irresistible. Palmer was in tears as he plead guilty to attacking Capitol Police with a fire extinguisher during the Capitol insurrection while dressed in a red, white, and blue Trump jacket.
Need a tissue, Snowflake?
TEARS OF REGRET? Or what’s to come? Robert Palmer of Florida sobbed on his on his attorney’s shoulder before entering courtroom to plead guilty to assault on police during #CapitolRiots. There are 3 US Marshals here to take him into custody if judge orders. Faces years in prison pic.twitter.com/Uv7JtT3nvU
— Eric Flack (@EricFlackTV) October 4, 2021
Palmer was originally arrested in March by federal agents, in part with the help of Huffington Post investigators.
Palmer told US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan he was the one identified in Department of Justice images who threw a wooden plank at police, sprayed a fire extinguisher at officers until it was empty, then threw the empty fire extinguisher canister at the line of police. The HuffPost reported that “before his court hearing, Palmer was not acting as tough as the man in DOJ photos, sobbing onto the shoulder of his defense attorney Bjorn Brunvand moments before the two men entered the court for Palmer to plead guilty to felony assault on law enforcement.”
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) October 4, 2021
Thoughts and prayers, Robert Palmer! Might as well face it, you’re going to prison.