Rudy Giuliani: Being slapped by a ShopRite employee was ‘like a rock hitting me’
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was slapped by a ShopRite employee while campaigning for his son at a Staten Island supermarket on Sunday.
The man, Daniel Gill, 39, was taken into custody at the New York store, the New York Post reported. He has not been previously arrested and has been charged with second-degree assault involving a person over 65.
Giuliani was campaigning for his son Andrew Giuliani, a Republican who is seeking the governorship of New York.
Neither Giuliani nor ShopRite were immediately available for comment. The former mayor, however, discussed the incident with several news outlets on Sunday.
“All of a sudden I felt this huge slap on the back or bump into my back. I didn’t know what it was” Giuliani told CBS New York.
Video footage of the altercation went viral, making Giuliani’s name trending on Twitter overnight from Sunday to Monday. The CCTV footage was also widely shared on Reddit.
In the video, Giuliani doesn’t appear to be hit very hard, but he said: “I mean, let’s say I was a weaker 78-year-old man and I hit the ground, my skull shattered. cracked and that I died”, the former mayor added in a radio interview on “The Curtis Sliwa Show”.
And in a video posted on Monday on Giuliani’s Facebook pagehe said he was hit in the back “like a rock was hitting me”.
Giuliani said the man who slapped him on the back shouted obscenities at him and said Giuliani was “going to kill women”. This was likely a reference to the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, who had legalized a woman’s right to abortion in all 50 states for the past 50 years. In developed countries like the United States, it is estimated that 30 women die for every 100,000 unsafe abortionsaccording to the World Health Organization.
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Giuliani, a Republican, currently holds no office in the US government. He was previously former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. And Trump named three of the Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
See also: Joe Manchin reacts to Roe v. Wade: ‘I trusted Judge Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh’
Andrew Giuliani said that his father is fine, while adding, “It’s a sad day when New Yorkers’ greatest crime fighter, ‘America’s Mayor,’ is under attack. I blame the left for encouraging violence. It’s crazy.”
Andrew Giuliani is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York in Tuesday’s primary election, facing Long Island Representative Lee Zeldin, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson.