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Daniel Penny’s Legal Defense Fund Soars After DeSantis Tweet, Triggering Furious Leftist Reaction

Daniel Penny’s Legal Defense Fund Soars After DeSantis Tweet, Triggering Furious Leftist Reaction

“We must defeat the Soros-Funded DAs, stop the Left’s pro-criminal agenda, and take back the streets for law abiding citizens. We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America’s got his back.”

Legal Insurrection reported Friday that woke Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has charged 24-year-old Marine Daniel Penny with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old homeless man Jordan Neely.

Penny was seen in video from May 1st placing Neely in what some have called a headlock, chokehold, or submission hold on an NYC subway train after Neely allegedly behaved in an aggressive and threatening manner, saying he was hungry and didn’t care if he got arrested. The video also shows several other passengers assist in restraining Neely, who had a history of mental health issues and over 40 arrests during his time as a Michael Jackson impersonator on NYC streets, with four of them being for alleged assault.

The felony charge Penny faces comes in the aftermath of over a week of AOC-incited “protests” which saw the activist left take over subways, refuse to allow passengers on and off of the trains, jump on the tracks at one point, and taunt police in typical Antifa/BLM/OWS fashion.

While the Usual Suspects feel Penny should have been charged with murder, others view Penny as a Good Samaritan for stepping in to protect fellow passengers from someone who reportedly acted erratically and aggressively at the time.

According to the New York Post, one alleged witness, a 66-year-old female, said Penny did not take action until the situation reached a boiling point:

The subway rider said Neely, who had a history of mental illness, was threatening passengers after he hopped on an F train in Manhattan.

“He said, ‘I don’t care. I’ll take a bullet, I’ll go to jail’ because he would kill people on the train,” the woman said of Neely. “He said, ‘I would kill a motherf—er. I don’t care. I’ll take a bullet. I’ll go to jail.’”

The retiree said Penny did not initially engage with Neely during the wild rant until things got out of hand and he felt the urge to step in.

“This gentleman, Mr. Penny, did not stand up,” the rider said. “Did not engage with the gentleman. He said not a word. It was all Mr. Neely that was … threatening the passengers. If he did not get what he wants.”


“‘Gonna go to jail for life’? What? What penalties involve going to jail for life?” she wondered. “Could you tell me? Yeah, it’s not kicking somebody in the shin, or punching somebody in the face.”

In response to the investigation and charge filed against him, which could carry up to 15 years in prison if convicted, Daniel Penny’s legal team has set up a defense fund on GiveSendGo.

On Friday, after Penny voluntarily turned himself in where he was booked and then released on bond, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis posted a tweet of support, and linked to the fundraising page:

The page got flooded with donations after that, to the point GiveSendGo’s servers were “temporarily overwhelmed”:

Naturally, this set off the Very Online Left, who of course rushed to declare DeSantis a racist and fascist, and also “anti-Semitic” because he criticized Bragg backer George Soros along the way:

Anti-Second Amendment Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) decided to make it about guns even though no guns were used in the Penny/Neely incident:

The “worse than Trump” narrative also made an appearance because of course it did:

As of this writing, Penny’s defense fund has raised close to $1,500,000, so clearly the DeSantis endorsement helped. And the more the radical left complains about it, the higher it’s going to go.

In other words, keep talking, leftists. Just keep on talking.

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Democrats act this way anytime one of their contrived agendas gets short circuited by conservative action.

He’s not simply signing based legislation into law, this dood is dropping ordinance on woke-istan almost daily. He’s moving from ‘just a politician’ into ‘true statesman’ territory.


Who cares what the left says? Can we move on from them? We can just divorce from them finally? We are doing it here in Florida so time for other Conservatives in the upper 49 do the same.

    Whitewall in reply to natdj. | May 14, 2023 at 6:13 pm

    We might divorce them some, but they will never divorce us.

    henrybowman in reply to natdj. | May 15, 2023 at 12:38 am

    Try moving on from Alvin Bragg and Letitia James.
    Trump and LaPierre, neither of whom even live there, wish they could.

broomhandle | May 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Will there be a thorough analysis soon explaining all the evidence from a purely legal perspective?

    amwick in reply to broomhandle. | May 15, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    Like.. what about the results of the autopsy? Are they afraid to release it?

      broomhandle in reply to amwick. | May 17, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      All the evidence including the coroner’s report. Did he die of asphyxiation? Or did he die from lack of blood flow to his brain while being held down? Or was he, like Floyd, extremely frail due to drug use and his body could not withstand the strain of being held down despite not actually being choked or having blood flow to his brain inhibited? I suspect the latter and if that is true, and if his restraint is justified legally, then Penny might not be convicted of anything.

The Gentle Grizzly | May 14, 2023 at 5:48 pm

Sniveling, whining crybabies combined with The Usual Opportunists.

Had this been a black man choke holding a white man, it never even would’ve made the papers.

Yes it’s all because of DeSantis!!!/sarc

    JR in reply to gonzotx. | May 14, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Get over it. DeSantis is actually making a positive difference, Trump should learn how to do this from DeSantis.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to JR. | May 14, 2023 at 7:25 pm

      You missed Gonzo’s sarc tag. I think.

        No he didn’t. Gonzo was denying that a major and important and wonderful thing DeSantis did (getting contributions to the defense fund) had nothing to do with him.

        Say what you mean instead of trying to be a snarky sarcastic jerk and fool because frankly that is how you come across.

        If you want to back the serious statement by Gonzo that an instant influx of cash into Daniel Penny’s legal defense fund that happened as soon as DeSantis weighed in on the issue go right ahead.

        Otherwise your attempt at insulting JR deservedly comes across as a marriage of stupidity and arrogance.

    Sally MJ in reply to gonzotx. | May 15, 2023 at 1:05 am

    No. Not all. He didn’t start it. But your fury confirms we’re doing the right thing.

Almost to $2,000,000. I’m sure my meager $10 helped. Progressive Marxist’s want us all disarmed and at the mercy of the politically correct mob. Don’t give in.

    guyjones in reply to diver64. | May 15, 2023 at 10:08 am

    Every bit helps, meager or not. You did an undeniably good thing, in donating. I gave a “meager” amount, too — happily.

    amwick in reply to diver64. | May 15, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    I rarely donate to stuff in general…But this called to me.

    henrybowman in reply to diver64. | May 15, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    Now past $2.25M.
    It’s “Normal” America, the silent majority of still-rational citizens, weighing in.

An aside. I was sparring in BJJ with a state trooper with 8 yrs experience on the force. Good on him for getting in and learning better hand to hand. As we were walking through ways to subdue someone and how it would apply on duty- I came to realize there isn’t much you can do that isn’t going to be a danger to someone with a heart condition and on drugs.

BJJ is THE gentlest of combat sports for subduing someone and most of the moves I can think of would cause a perp with excited delirium and heart troubles to die. A back take and holding a seatbelt position is about the only one I can think that would not cause legal ramifications- and they would probably still die because their effort and compromised heart is what is really killing them. The move I am referring to is basically forcing them to give a piggy back ride to a very uncooperative 200 lb rider from a seated position.

The other half of the moves would be to choke them out or break their arms/legs- which is no bueno for blow back.

A few years back a disney security guy (plain clothes- blending in) choked out a giant black dude at disney world who was causing a ruckus with his entire diabetic 400 lb tribe. I’m 90% sure it was a contractor because he wasn’t with a family as a bystander- he appeared from no where and disappeared just as fast. Funny how he disappeared immediately to subvert liability.

    Dathurtz in reply to Andy. | May 14, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    Twice a year I get trained in how to restrain high school kids without hurting them. It’s a really weird thing and is intentionally very gentle. Still, just holding somebody still while they struggle puts a huge strain on their hearts, especially if they are on drugs. We get told never to hold a neck, not because it can hurt them, but because parents will sue us and juries are dumb.

Penny in NYC is equivalent to a black in the South in 1920 according to Dennis Prager. Now black supremacy.

JackinSilverSpring | May 14, 2023 at 9:19 pm

Bragg wants to make NYC unlivable. The people who commit crimes get off scott free, the people who defend themselves against the criminals committing the crimes go to jail. If Hochul cared about crime she would remove Bragg from office, but she hasn’t. And Adams, he’s a no-show.

As for the accusation that Gov. DeSantis is antisemitic because he criticized Soros, that’s a croc. Soros is so far removed from anything remotely Jewish, he might as well be on another planet. Not for nothing does his name sound like the Yiddish word tzurus, which is deep, deep sorrows. Finally, where are all those Lefties when Jews face antisemitism on campus, or when the goal of BDS Is the destruction of the one Jewish state on the planet?

    henrybowman in reply to JackinSilverSpring. | May 15, 2023 at 12:49 am

    “As for the accusation that Gov. DeSantis is antisemitic because he criticized Soros, that’s a croc.”
    It’s just chapter and verse from the “How to Argue Like A Progressive” script. Technique #1 is “ad hominem.” Actually, it’s 1 through 6. Shout out to gun owners with small dicks, gay haters who are latent homos, welfare haters who drive on public roads, and lesbians who owe trans women some goooood nooky.

Before calling out DeSantis as anti-semitic for criticizing, Soros, it might be a good idea to read about his collaborations in WW II. He was the anti-semite as much as were the Hungarians.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | May 15, 2023 at 9:45 am

Every day the Left demonstrates just how totalitarian they are. If they get their way you have to be in their club to get decent legal representation, the right to free speech, anything on your dinner plate other than bugs, on and on. And they just don’t hide it anymore.

So, the vile Dumb-o-crat media puppet, Mehdi Hassan, is now play-acting as an alleged anti-Semitism advocate, proffering the utterly stupid contention that any criticism of Soros represents de facto anti-semitism.

Interesting that I’ve never seen Hassan call out the innumerable Dumb-o-crat Jew-haters, including the vile and ugly Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, for their persistent and virulent Jew-hate and Israel vilification/slanders.

Thanks for the link. I’m a cranky old Marine and I know bullshit when I see it. Glad for the opportunity to support a fellow Devil Dog.

I expect Penny to be acquitted, assuming this political stunt ever makes it to trial.

At the end of the day, when the defense calls as witnesses the black gentleman who was helping to restrain Neely, as well as those subway passengers who agree to testify for the defense, it will become abundantly clear to fair-minded doubters that Penny’s actions were not criminal, at all — they were heroic, selfless and laudable.

    JackinSilverSpring in reply to guyjones. | May 16, 2023 at 8:56 am

    Don’t be surprised if those witnesses suddenly get amnesia. No doubt, they will threatened by neighbors and Leftists. What’s more important self and family or a person who is otherwise a stranger?

surfcitylawyer | May 15, 2023 at 7:58 pm

New York failed Neely. He should have been in a mental health facility unless he takes medication that allows him not to be a “danger to himself and others.”

    henrybowman in reply to surfcitylawyer. | May 16, 2023 at 4:26 am

    Half of those medications that “allow him not to be a danger to himself and others” don’t. School shooters eat the stuff like candy. Except for the ones that decide to get off the stuff, and then get DOUBLE cranky off the rebound

    DSHornet in reply to surfcitylawyer. | May 16, 2023 at 10:20 am

    They have to take the medication for it to work.

    CommoChief in reply to surfcitylawyer. | May 16, 2023 at 10:59 am

    No. Locked the hell up away from society unless a particular person agrees to ensure the weirdos take their meds and assume liability and responsibility for the actions of the weirdo; to include criminal charges as an accessory if they fail in their duty.