To conservatives, Marine Corps veteran Daniel Penny is a hero. Instead of taking violent repeat criminals like Jordan Neely off the New York City streets, Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg prefers to enable them. Meanwhile, anyone vigilantly standing up for law and order must be eliminated. Especially ones named Trump.
A hero to the right
Those on the right are calling Daniel Penny a hero. Two weeks ago, the 24-year-old Marine Corps veteran turned vigilante on a New York City subway, applying a chokehold to subdue “hostile and erratic” Jordan Neely. He died.
Controversy has raged ever since. Activists, especially ones of the Black Lives Matter persuasion, insisted he be arrested. He’s also been “denounced as a vigilante,” and AOC called him a “murderer.”
Conservatives see the flip side of the whole event. The lead-up to the event makes it clear that Penny was a hero but Alvin Bragg and his progressive prosecutors are “charging him with second-degree manslaughter.”
Daniel Penny put his life on the line as a Marine.
He stepped up and restrained a violent felon from terrorizing an innocent woman on the subway.
HE SHOULD BE FREED. pic.twitter.com/wCr6oT981L
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) May 13, 2023
While Democrats are demonizing him, “Penny has found a groundswell of financial and online support from high-profile Republicans such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Fox News personalities and conservatives on Elon Musk’s Twitter.”
Comments swirling around on social media show half of America has “rallied around Penny and hailed the veteran as a ‘hero‘ and ‘good Samaritan.‘”
For instance, DeSantis tweeted out: “We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine America’s got his back.”
Defense fund swelling fast
Tweets like the one from Marjorie Taylor Greene certainly don’t hurt. “The Marine who stepped in to protect others is a hero.” His defense fund is raking in the donations.
“A legal-defense fund set up by Penny’s attorneys on a crowdfunding site that has hosted fundraisers for defendants in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and Kyle Rittenhouse had raised more than $1 million as of Saturday afternoon.”
Most of the money, Washington Post reports, “has come from anonymous donors thanking him for what he did and agreeing with his lawyers’ statement that Penny never intended to harm Neely.”
BREAKING: Witness says Jordan Neely started making death threats against passengers before Daniel Penny engaged himhttps://t.co/SmBxxlh52w
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 12, 2023
The 30-year-old Michael Jackson impersonator by day and violent criminal by night “was described by witnesses as acting in a ‘hostile and erratic manner.‘” Police knew him well. They think Penny is a hero, too, but aren’t allowed to say so. He has “a long history of violent crime.” Specifically, “44 previous arrests for offenses such as assault, disorderly conduct and fare evasion.”
As MTG also notes, “Jordan Neely was a violent criminal who should have been behind bars.” Elon Musk “liked” it and also gave thumbs up on a Twitter poll from another user asking, “Did Jordan Neely deserve what happened to him?”
Over “two-thirds of those who voted in the poll said, ‘Yes, he had it coming.‘” Those are the ones calling Penny a hero.