Rudy Giuliani stated when he was slapped on the again on Sunday, it at first felt like any person had shot him.
Whereas campaigning for his son Andrew Giuliani’s gubernatorial marketing campaign in Staten Island, the previous New York Metropolis mayor stopped at a ShopRite grocery retailer to make use of the restroom. Nevertheless, as soon as he got here out, an alleged grocery retailer worker appeared to stroll up behind him and slap him on the again.
Giuliani recounted the alleged assault whereas showing on The Curtis Sliwa Present.
“I come out of the boys’s room. A gaggle of persons are round me, hugging me, kissing me, telling me Andrew’s nice,” he stated. “All of the sudden, I really feel a shot on my again, like any person shot me. I went ahead, however fortunately I did not fall down.”
The previous mayor added that he’s “fortunate” he’s in “fairly good condition,” as a result of if he weren’t, he might have “hit the bottom and possibly crack my cranium.”
After the alleged assault, the suspected attacker who has been recognized as 39-year-old Daniel Gill, allegedly started yelling at Giuliani, accusing him of “going to kill ladies,” remarks he advised The New York Occasions he understood to be in regards to the Supreme Courtroom’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that protected a pregnant girl’s proper to decide on to have an abortion.
Video of the incident, which has been seen greater than 2.5 million occasions on Twitter, confirmed Gill slap Giuliani on the again, with Giuliani showing to be stunned. He then appeared to confront Giuliani earlier than others walked him away from the previous mayor.
Giuliani was not hospitalized and didn’t seem to endure any severe accidents, although he advised The New York Submit on Monday that he plans to see a physician to make sure he was not damage.
Gill was arrested contained in the ShopRite and has been charged with second-degree assault involving an individual over the age of 65, in accordance with the Submit. He’s set to be arraigned in Staten Island Felony Courtroom on Monday.
The previous mayor has stated prosecuting Gill is the proper transfer by legislation enforcement, warning he might have suffered severe accidents if he had been knocked down by the worker.
“It was a really, very heavy shot. He might have simply hit me, knocked me to the bottom and killed me,” he stated. “He is fortunate he did not knock me down. Falling is extraordinarily harmful for an aged particular person.”
Andrew Giuliani wrote in a press release on Twitter Sunday: “Harmless persons are attacked in in the present day’s New York the entire time. This explicit incident hit very near residence. The assault on my father, America’s Mayor, was over politics. We won’t be intimidated by left wing assaults.”
Newsweek reached out to Giuliani for remark.