I went to the Capitol on President Trump’s Advice

Robert Palmer was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison with three months of supervised parole following his release. He could be released on parole in less than four years.

Palmer has four children, who are divided in favor of their father. Two of them appeared at his sentencing hearing in October 2021.

“They are Christians like me, and I know that in time, the relationship will improve,” Palmer said.

Palmer was a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, in part because he was financially successful. Its cleaning and restoration company — Son Bright Diversified Services, Inc. — was going through three years of his prime, and he could rent a house.

Palmer said upon his release from prison, “I had to start from scratch, at the age of almost 60.”

He said he had to work longer than planned before he retired.

He has no college education and hopes to take some courses while incarcerated “and see what happens.” He said he would take the time to read without “worrying about bills, having to pay this and that.” He plans to undergo tutoring in prison to better handle his emotions, particularly in dealing with anger.

Another January 6 inmate stationed nearby believes Trump will be re-elected president in 2024 and will pardon them all. Palmer told them, “Guys, that’s not going to happen.” He said because of his persistence, he was nicknamed like a negative Nancy (name of the chairman of the US House of Representatives) in prison.

As a convict, Palmer had no choice. But he said if his rights were restored, he would never vote for Trump. He said he voted for Trump in 2020 because Trump is different from the average politician, and he likes his outspoken way of getting things done. Now, he hates the former president for urging the crowd to join him and head to the Capitol building but never with them.

Palmer said Trump is living his happy life at Mar-a-Lago and “you know, I’m languishing here? I’m one of those little people, one of a kind that can be dumped.”

He still can’t confirm whether the Capitol violation can be justified.

“I think it’s a 50-50 mistake. I think it’s just a violation for breaking through (into the building without a permit),” he said.

Palmer spoke of several police officers allowing rioters into the building, but in the end, he knew he would suffer the consequences of his actions “for the rest of his life on this earth”. [my/lt]