A employee at a food market in Recent York was arrested after slapping Rudy Giuliani on the back and calling him a “scumbag” during a campaign event Sunday for his son, a GOP candidate for governor.
The incident, which was initially forged as an assault, was shared in video footage within the hours after the encounter at a ShopRite store on Staten Island. A person wearing a mask is seen walking by Giuliani before hitting him on the back with an outstretched hand. It’s unclear how hard the person slapped the previous Recent York City mayor, who looked surprised by the encounter but didn’t appear to be physically reeling.
Video of the “assault” on Rudy at ShopRite, where Rudy had the person arrested, and said if he wasn’t in higher shape he would’ve fallen, cracked his skull, and died. pic.twitter.com/EpgSpPu2fk
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Giuliani quickly moved to label the incident as an assault and the person was taken into custody on the scene.
“The entire sudden I feel a shot on my back, like anyone shot me. I went forward but luckily I didn’t fall down,” he recounted on The Curtis Silwa Show. “Lucky I’m a 78-year-old in pretty good condition because if I wasn’t I’d’ve hit the bottom and doubtless cracked my skull.”
Giuliani added to The Recent York Times that he had red marks on his back after the incident, saying the positioning “hurts, but otherwise I’m in a position to walk and stuff like that.”
“He almost knocked me down,” Giuliani told the newspaper, saying the person told him: “What’s up, scumbag?”
The previous mayor was not injured and declined medical attention, WABC-TV reported.
The NYPD told Axios a 39-year-old was arrested and can face a second-degree assault charge.
Andrew Giuliani, who’s running for the Republican nomination within the Recent York governor’s race, said the incident was an “attack” that left his father “shaken.”
“Innocent persons are attacked in today’s Recent York the entire time. This particular incident hit very near home,” Andrew Giuliani said in an announcement. “The assault on my father, America’s Mayor, was over politics. We won’t be intimidated by left-wing attacks.”
Giuliani has been a key focus throughout the ongoing Jan. 6 hearings into the riot on the U.S. Capitol over his work helping then-President Donald Trump overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.