Last Friday, Daniel Penny, the 24-year-old ex-Marine accused of killing Jordan Neely, was arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter. By the time of his arrest, Penny had already become a folk hero to right-wing figures, and an online fundraiser for his legal defense reached nearly $2 million.
And today, right-wing Internet personality Tim Pool announced that he too had donated to Penny’s defense — telling his audience that he made the $20,000 donation in part to fight a larger “culture war.”
Pool, a YouTube host with a habit of platforming far-right and white nationalist figures, explained in a May 15, 2023 livestream that he was initially reluctant to donate to Penny’s fundraiser, but changed his mind.
“And I started thinking about this this morning as the news broke that Daniel Penny’s fundraiser has already reached $2 million. And I thought to myself: Well for one I was wrong. It’s not just about this one individual, it’s not just about what’s going on in these cities,” he said.
“It’s about the greater culture war and the message we are trying to send the world and how we counter the narrative of the extremists.”
Pool said he was also inspired by a story from The Daily Mail about longshot Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy donating $10,000 to Penny’s legal defense.
He went on to say that this “battle” is about whether or not people have a right to self defense — although Penny had not been attacked by Neely — and that “the culture war plays a role” in it.
“What I mean to say is right now, this battle right here is — I imagine it more of an idea that we’re defending. Not just Penny,” Pool told his audience. “It’s an idea that we have a right to be secure in ourselves against violent offenders, and that perpetrators must be stopped.”
“And if that’s the case, let’s win this fight,” he continued.
Pool also lauded his viewers for taking up Penny’s cause before he did, and claimed he was surprised that they might be able to “win a major culture war victory.” And he compared defending Daniel Penny to the over-hyped, anti-trans boycott of Anheuser-Busch.
“Maybe this is the kind of story where if we generate more and more news and more and more attention, just like Anheuser-Busch, we will crush the Soros-funded DAs,” Pool said.
“And this could be a turning point. If Daniel Penny wins — or at the very least the story in and of itself — this story could have a major impact on how we win elections and put an end to the far-left extremism. … I see a message in rebuking [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez and forcing her to apologize — just like we’re trying to force Anheuser-Busch.”