Ron DeSantis doubles down on defense of ‘good Samaritan’ subway vigilante

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'Vets look out for other vets.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis is doubling down on his defense of a “good Samaritan” who choked out an erratic subway performer in New York City.

“Vets look out for other vets,” DeSantis said in his latest defense of Daniel Penny.

“What we can’t have in our society is inmates running the asylum,” DeSantis added. “And what you saw on the subway was, you saw a guy that was very dangerous. He was putting people in harm’s way. He was boasting that he may do harm.”

Penny choked out Jordan Neely on a New York City subway on May 1. He faces a manslaughter charge after killing Neely in the wake of threats to passengers. Many have defended Penny for initially subduing Neely, but plenty have criticized Penny for keeping him in a chokehold for several minutes after he no longer posed a threat.

On Tuesday, DeSantis redoubled his claim, first made over the weekend, that Penny took the man’s life only because he was trying to keep others safe.

“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. 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,” DeSantis said.

The Governor was an early booster of Penny’s legal defense fund on GiveSendGo, which is now approaching $2.5 million. The right-wing alternative to GoFundMe is billed as the “#1 Christian fundraising site.”

“And so hopefully with him raising all this money, he’s going to be able to beat this case,” DeSantis said. “I hope the charges are dropped. But if they’re not, I think he’s going to be able to win in the end.”

The Governor spotlighted Penny’s case on Twitter Friday, urging followers to “show this Marine … America’s got his back.” Despite taking criticism from many for purportedly perverting the parable of the good Samaritan, Florida’s Governor is standing his ground.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Jay Smif

    May 16, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Anyone who is instructed in how to perform a chokehold knows damn well that if you put someone in one for 5+ minutes, they’re likely going to die, and johnny maga on the train held the guy he killed in one for over 15 minutes.

    DeSantis is just fascist trash.

  • Tom

    May 16, 2023 at 11:11 am

    I don’t remember the bit in Luke 10:25-37 where the good samaritan strangles the poor guy to death but why rhonda would go out on a limb for a guy charged with manslaughter in another state is a mystery to me. What’s with conservatives – fight to make sure they’re born regardless of circumstances then cheer when they get murdered later in life?

  • Ron DeSantis' mom should have had an abortion

    May 16, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Every time I think Ron DeSantis can’t stoop lower and become an even worse piece of human filth, he keeps on digging lower and lower.

    And “Christians” seem to love this guy.

  • Rob Desantos

    May 16, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    This is disgusting even by current Republican standards, not to mention a total perversion of the Biblical reference. A real “Good Samaritan” would wash Jordan Neely’s feet and feed him.

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  • DuhSantis

    May 16, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Ah, right the parable of the Good Samaritan who went around killing black people.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 16, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Rhonda keeps spewing nonsense nobody wants to hear. Does Rhonda think it would be okay for Mr Perry to strangle him to death too? The scenarios are precise matches: Crazy man saying stupid shit and won’t shut up? Rhonda says “Strangle him till dead. All good!” Get thee to Fleur Duh, Mr Perry! Your services are needed by all Floridians.

  • Mercury Shampoo Ed 👍

    May 16, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Conservative judges in courts in Florida fry veterans all the time. These people are full of sht.

  • Tom Palmer

    May 16, 2023 at 4:57 pm

    He just does not know when to shut up and move on. Is anyone with a brain advising him?

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 18, 2023 at 1:18 pm

      It’s his “Never Back Down” thing. Never back down, not even when you’re wrong and everyone on the planet is telling you you’re wrong. Ron does not seem to be that bright of a guy. How he graduated from Yarvard and Hale, one can only guess. “Rich parents donated tons of money” is my guess because that is the usual case, though I have no knowledge of his parents or the wealth nor any Ivy League connections they may have. All I know is it quacks like a duck. It’s probably a duck. Did somebody step on a duck.

      • Tom

        May 19, 2023 at 7:47 am

        He’s trying to be trump but whereas trump comes across as a buffoon, desantis comes across as a nasty little bully. trump summed it up – he needs a personality transplant but they don’t exist yet.

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