A US Capitol rioter who allegedly assaulted police with a fire extinguisher says President Biden wants to “vilify the patriots” who breached the building, according to a report that revealed his identity Friday.
Robert Scott Palmer, 53, was allegedly captured on camera spraying officers at close range then throwing the emptied canister at them while wearing an easy-to-spot American flag jacket on Jan. 6, the Huffington Post reported.
Reached by phone, the Florida father — who runs a cleaning business and has a criminal record — griped that cops at the Capitol launched crowd-control munition at him for no good reason, according to the outlet.
He then claimed that the Biden administration is unfairly targeting patriots in its effort to find and arrest rioters.
“I’m just going about it and letting them make the mistakes that they want and ruin the country as they want, and I’m just trying to live my life right now,” he said before becoming agitated. “I’m just going to just leave it like that. I’m not getting myself any — not deeper, ’cause I didn’t do anything wrong — but I’m not involving myself anymore.”
Palmer, who has been sentenced on charges of battery and felony fraud, then hung up abruptly when asked about the fire extinguisher, according to the outlet.
During the riot on Jan. 6, Palmer was seen in footage shoving through a crowd of rioters to a line of cops while sporting a jacket that read: “FLORIDA FOR TRUMP”
The Huffington Post reportedly tracked down Palmer with the help of an internet sleuth who worked with the Twitter group @capitolhunters to find Palmer’s identity using online images — including of his signature jacket — and other information.
The FBI is still hunting for rioters who stormed the US Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The agency, which has asked the public for help identifying rioters who breached the building, didn’t return a request for comment.