A video of Rudy Giuliani being attacked in a supermarket in New York has gone viral on social media.
The former aide to Donald Trump received a pat on the back in ShopRite on Staten Island on Sunday as he campaigned for his son Andrew Giuliani, who is running for the Republican nomination for governor of New York.
The video has been viewed over 2 million times on Twitter and shared by commenter Ron Filipkowski.
“Video of the ‘attack’ on Rudy at ShopRight where Rudy had the person arrested and said if he wasn’t in better shape he would have fallen, cracked his skull and died.” Filipkowski captioned the video.
In the clip, Giuliani can be seen surrounded by people as a ShopRite employee comes up behind him and pats him on the back.
The person can be seen talking to the group and Giuliani as they walk away.
Giuliani spoke to that New York Post and explained the argument. He claims that the man who attacked him did so in response to the crime Deer vs Wade Abortion verdict overturned by Supreme Court.
“All of a sudden I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back. I don’t know if they helped me not to fall, but I almost fell, but I didn’t fall,” he said.
“I feel this tremendous pain in my back and I’m like, ‘What the hell,’ I didn’t even know what it was.
“All of a sudden, I hear this guy say, ‘You’re a fucking scumbag,’ then he moves away so no one can grab him.”
“He says, ‘You, you’re one of those guys who’s going to kill women. You will kill women.”
“You and your damn boyfriend are going to kill women.” Then he starts yelling all sorts of things, just curses, and every now and then he throws in that woman thing.”
After the incident, the 39-year-old ShopRite employee was arrested and charged with second-degree assault involving a person over the age of 65, according to a report by The hill.
Rudy Giuliani also said he thought it was important to have the man arrested and condemned his response to the Supreme Court decision.
“The Supreme Court has made a decision. You don’t walk around [and] attacking people because of it. I mean let it change,” he said.
“I’m like, ‘You know something? I need to get this guy arrested.” I keep talking about the broken window theory. You can’t let the little thing go.
“I think, ‘I’m going to have this guy arrested as an example that you can’t do that, and I also said we don’t prosecute people in New York anymore, and one of the reasons I brought Crime Down is for not ignoring stuff like that.'”
The ex-mayor also called on The Curtis Silwa Show on 77 WABC talk radio and said the slap felt like “someone shot me,” adding, “I’m a 78-year-old who’s in pretty much.” is in good shape. If I wasn’t me, I would have hit the ground and probably smashed my skull in.”
Andrew Giuliani released a statement after his father’s attack and said he was not intimidated by left wing attacks.
“In New York today, innocent people are constantly being attacked. This particular incident happened very close to home.
“The attack on my father, America’s mayor, was about politics.
“We are not intimidated by left-wing attacks. As governor, I will advocate for law and order to make New Yorkers feel safe again.
“That message resonated with voters throughout my campaign, right through to Tuesday’s primary.”
news week has reached out to Rudy Giuliani and the New York City Police Department for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/rudy-giuliani-assault-video-shoprite-attack-slap-new-york-supermarket-staten-island-1719308 Video of Rudy Giuliani being slapped in a grocery store has been viewed 2 million times