A Florida man who participated in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 wrote a letter to the judge in his case, apologizing for his role in the riot and saying he was lied to by then-President Donald Trump and his allies, HuffPost reports.
“They kept spitting out the false narative [sic] about a stolen election and how it was ‘our duty’ to stand up to tyranny,” wrote Scott Palmer. “Little did I realize that they were the tyrannical ones.”
According to Palmer, Trump supporters “were lied to by … the sitting president, as well as those acting on his behalf.”
“I am one of the Capitol riot people. A lot if not most of the defendants I have been incarcerated with would object to me saying that we were rioting,” he wrote.
"I am one of the Capitol riot people. A lot if not most of the defendants I have been incarcerated with would object to me saying that we were rioting.”
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) December 13, 2021
In their sentencing memo, Palmer’s lawyer say he “went to the Capitol at the behest of the former president. Like many others who participated in the Capitol riot, Mr. Palmer blindly followed the many figures who falsely but persistently claimed that the election had been stolen from the president.”
“Mr. Palmer was exposed to a barrage of media that convinced him that the election had been “stolen” from the former president. On the day in question, the former president himself led Mr. Palmer into that mindset,” the memo read.