Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani Assaulted by Grocery Store Clerk, according to the Police
Andrew Giuliani, Rudy’s son, is seeking the Republican nomination to become governor of New York, being a primary contender against Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, businessman Harry Wilson and former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino.
Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, was attacked by an employee at a supermarket on Staten Island, authorities said Sunday.
The information was confirmed by the NYPD, which confirmed to The Hill that Republican Giuliani was slapped in the middle back at a supermarket around 3:30 p.m., in the middle of an election campaign for governor by his son Andrew Giuliani.
“Suddenly, I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani told the New York Post, adding that he almost fell because of the blow. “I heard this guy say, ‘You’re a scumbag,’ and then he walks away so no one can grab him.”
Speaking to 77 WABC’s radio talk show, Curtis Sliwa Show, Giuliani described the slap feeling like someone had shot him. “Fortunately, I am a 78-year-old man who is in very good shape.”
The alleged assailant, 39, was arrested following the incident, according to the NYPD. He currently faces a second-degree assault charge of assaulting a person over the age of 65. The subject has no background, according to The Post.
According to a quote from the aforementioned outlet, as well as The New York Times, Giuliani claimed that the attack appeared to be motivated by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“The only thing he said was political was ‘you’re going to kill women, you’re going to kill women,'” Giuliani told the Times, denouncing being a victim of politically motivated violence.
“This has to stop. This is getting ridiculous. I’ve been in politics for 50 years and I’ve never been attacked like that.”