Matt Gaetz Says Daniel Penny Is a ‘Subway Superman’
BY AILA SLISCO ON 5/12/23 AT 9:03 PM EDT
Republican Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida has dubbed Daniel Penny a “subway Superman” after the U.S. Marines veteran was criminally charged in the choking death of Jordan Neely.
Penny, a 24-year-old white man, was arraigned on Friday in Manhattan on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Neely, a 30-year-old Black street performer with a history of mental illness and homelessness. Penny placed Neely in what turned out to be a fatal chokehold during a New York City subway ride on May 1.
Neely’s death has taken on political and racial overtones, sparking outrage from those who have suggested that it resembles the 2020 police murder of George Floyd. Others, largely those on the right wing of the political spectrum, have eagerly offered support for Penny, claiming that he took action due to a threat from Neely.