...By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Supporters Rally Behind Daniel Penny as Donations Surge to $2 Million
Republican Party presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has donated $10,000 to a crowdfunding campaign for Daniel Penny, who is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Jordan Neely.
The campaign, which has now reached $2 million in donations, was initiated by Penny’s attorneys after a video emerged of him restraining Neely in a chokehold on a New York City subway on May 1.
The funds will be used to cover Penny’s legal fees and potential future civil lawsuits related to his defense.
Ramaswamy took to Twitter on May 5 to express his views on the case, characterizing Jordan Neely as a “habitual offender” who should have faced justice earlier.
He listed several crimes Neely had been arrested for over the past eight years, including kidnapping a 7-year-old girl in 2015 and assaulting a 64-year-old man in 2019.
Ramaswamy criticized the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for allegedly allowing Neely to roam freely and terrorize New Yorkers without facing significant consequences.
Penny was released on Friday, pending trial, after surrendering himself to the police and appearing in court.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis further boosted the campaign when he shared a link to the fundraising page on Twitter, resulting in a rapid surge of support for the former soldier.
The crowdfunding platform used is GiveSendGo, which gained attention for its association with participants in the January 6th Capitol riot and supporters of Kyle Rittenhouse.
The large donations to Penny’s cause mostly come from anonymous sources, including another $10,000 pledge accompanied by a comment expressing gratitude for Penny’s actions in protecting citizens.
The third highest donor, pledging $5,000, also chose to remain anonymous but urged Penny to “do the right thing.”
Penny’s family claims he is being unjustly treated by the legal system and argues that the two other men seen assisting in restraining Neely have not been identified or charged.
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