Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis voiced his support for the man who restrained New York subway performer Jordan Neely with a chokehold, who has since been charged in Neely’s death.
In a tweet this Friday, DeSantis shared a link collecting funds for the legal defense of Daniel Penny, the Marine charged in the chokehold death of Neely.
“We must defeat the Soros-Funded DAs, stop the Left’s pro-criminal agenda, and take back the streets for law abiding citizens,” DeSantis wrote. “We stand with Good Samaritans like Daniel Penny. Let’s show this Marine… America’s got his back.”
As of this writing, the fundraiser on the Christian donation site GiveSendGo has surpassed $2.3 million. The page was set up by Raiser & Kenniff, P.C., the law firm representing Penny.
“Funds are being raised to pay Mr. Penny’s legal fees incurred from any criminal charges filed and any future civil lawsuits that may arise, as well as expenses related to his defense,” the fundraiser description reads. “All contributions are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds collected which exceed those necessary to cover Mr. Penny’s legal defense will be donated to a mental health advocacy program in New York City.”
Penny provoked a wave of outrage after he put Neely, a homeless Michael Jackson impersonator with mental health issues and homelessness, in a chokehold for about 15 minutes on a New York City subway after Neely was reportedly acting in a threatening manner to passengers.