Leftists fumed over Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ outspoken support for former Marine Daniel Penny who, after his heroic actions to protect passengers on a New York City subway train, was charged for the accidental death of the violent criminal who ran amok and faces the possibility of spending years behind bars if his fate is left up to Soros-backed DA Alvin Bragg’s malicious prosecutors and a hostile jury.
The Sunshine State Republican took up for Penny in a message on Twitter last Friday, calling for Americans to show the good Samaritan USMC vet that they’ve “got his back” along with a link to a GiveSendGo page to donate to his legal expenses, an effort that had already raised over $2.5 million as of Tuesday night, money that Penny is going to need as he fights for his freedom with the deck having been stacked against him.
‘America’s got his back’: Defense fund for Marine vet charged in NYC tops $1M with boost from DeSantis https://t.co/79avHyekGK via @americanwire_
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On Tuesday, the governor was at Coastal Community Church at Lighthouse Point, Fla. where he spoke at a signing ceremony for anti-human trafficking legislation when he was asked an unrelated question by a reporter seeking his comments on the fundraiser for the former Marine, as well as Penny’s being railroaded by left-wing New York City Democrats who are clamoring for him to be legally lynched by Bragg and a tainted jury pool.
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“You shared the GiveSendGo of Daniel Penny,” the reporter asked. “This former Marine up in New York who defended people on the subway, the GiveSendGo went through the roof, you were criticized for it. President Trump said he wasn’t gonna say anything about it yet, but a lot of people believe this man is a hero, would you just like to comment on that situation?”
The governor responded, “Well look, as a vet, vets look out for other vets. and what we can’t have in our society is inmates running the asylum. And what you saw on the subway was a guy that was very dangerous, he was putting people in harm’s way, he was boasting that he may do harm,” referring to the threats shouted by the deceased thug, Jordan Neely who perished after he was subdued with a chokehold administered by Penny.
“And I think to be able to step in as a good Samaritan and protect people, I think that that’s something that was the right thing to do, and I don’t think he should be prosecuted,” DeSantis said. “I think you have a prosecutor there that sides with the criminal element over law-abiding citizens, and when people have the temerity to fight back against the criminal element, he goes after them.”
“Hopefully with him raising all this money, he’s going to be able to beat this case,” he continued. “I hope the charges are dropped but if they’re not, I think he’s going to be able to win in the end.”
Hollywood celebrity takes a stand for NYC subway hero Daniel Pennyhttps://t.co/hxLumsntcE
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Like Penny, DeSantis served his country as a US Navy officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG), including a stint in Iraq while combat was raging as well as at Guantanamo Bay where terrorists have been held in captivity.
“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,” DeSantis previously tweeted in support of his fellow vet.
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