Rudy Giuliani was attacked by a worker and called a ‘scumbag’ while campaigning for his son at a Staten Island supermarket on Sunday afternoon.
The 39-year-old store employee was on shift at the time of the attack which saw the former New York City Mayor slapped on the back of the head, almost shoving him to the ground.
The assailant was taken into custody while at the store. The suspect’s name and any charges have not been made public.
Giuliani recounted the incident on WABC Radio later on Sunday evening in which he said he could have been killed.
‘I come out of the men’s room and a group of people are around me, hugging me and kissing. All the sudden, I feel a shot on my back. Like somebody shot me!,’ he began.
‘I went forward but luckily I didn’t fall down. Lucky I’m a 78-year-old who’s in pretty good shape, cause if I wasn’t, I’d have hit the ground and probably cracked my skull and then I look around and the guy says words I can’t repeat. ‘You f***in’ whatever!’
‘He moves away yelling and screaming, ‘You’re gonna kill women!”
Rudy Giuliani was attacked by a supermarket worker on Staten Island on Sunday as he was campaigning for his son, Andrew, left, when he was slapped (file photo)
Giulinai said that he understood the comment to be about abortion rights and the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade.
‘He looked either drunk or high. He works for ShopRite and I thought to myself that I might ordinarily have ignored it. But I had to have this guy arrested because this has going on too damn much.
‘I mean suppose I was a weaker 78-year-old and cracked my skull and died?’ he asked.
‘This has to stop. This is getting ridiculous,’ he told the New York Times. ‘I’ve been in politics 50 years, I’ve never been attacked like this.’
Giuliani said he had red marks on his back but there was no blood and he had managed to stay on his feet.
‘My back hurts, but otherwise I’m able to walk and stuff like that.He almost knocked me down. Thank God for a 78-year-old, I am in pretty good shape.’
Giuliani has flipped over the years when it comes to his stance on abortions, first having opposed them, then supporting them before backtracking once again.
On his WABC radio show he said he had gone through ‘a torturous, intellectual, and emotional and moral situation with abortion’ before ultimately deciding that he opposed the practice.
Giuliani, 78, was at the supermarket as he stumped for his son, Andrew, who is running to be New York State Governor (file photo)
Shortly after the incident, Andrew Giuliani tweeted ‘MAKE NEW YORK SAFE AGAIN!’ although did not refer specifically to the incident
Giuliani, 78, was at the supermarket as he stumped for his son, Andrew, who is running to be New York State Governor.
Witnesses and law enforcement say he appeared shaken following the assault.
‘I was stunned. I was shoulder-to-shoulder with Rudy inside ShopRite. We’re talking, and all of a sudden an employee came out of nowhere and open-handedly slapped him in the back and said, ‘Hey, what’s up scumbag?” Rugova-Johnson told the New York Post.
‘[The attacker] was on duty at the time,’ she said. ‘The cops arrested him.’
The attack happened at the ShopRite store in Staten Island on Veterans Road
Giuliani was said to be posing for photos at the time of the attack by a store worker
Giuliani who was a lawyer for former President Donald Trump when he was in office, was posing for photos at the time of the attack.
‘Rudy was assaulted,’ Giuliani’s partner Dr. Maria Ryan said. ‘He’s a 78-year-old man with a bad back and bad knees.’
Shortly after the incident, Andrew Giuliani tweeted ‘MAKE NEW YORK SAFE AGAIN!’ although he did not refer specifically to the incident.
A worker at the ShopRite store who answered the phone told DailyMail.com that they were ‘not allowed to say anything’ about the incident.
Giuliani was a lawyer for former President Donald Trump and pushed baseless claims about election fraud and wanted to dispute the results of the 2020 presidential election