Rudy Giuliani claims he could have been killed after supermarket worker slapped him on the back
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani claims he faced death after a grocery store worker punched him in the back on Staten Island on Sunday while on a campaign stop for his son, Andrew, who is running for governor.
“His intent was to cause serious damage,” Giuliani said in a Facebook video. “I could have fallen and cracked my skull and died.”
Once called the Mayor of America, Giuliani was shaking hands and handing out flyers at the ShopRite on Veterans Road at 2:30 p.m. when a grocer, Daniel Gill, 39, came up to him and patted him on the back. , say ‘What is it, motherfucker?’
The former mayor said he had just come out of the bathroom and was standing with a crowd of supporters when the man approached him.
ShopRite employee Daniel Gill, 39, seen here touching former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s back during a campaign stop for his son, Andrew
Bystander Rita Rugovar rubs Giuliani’s back to comfort him after the grocer Gill, 39, tapped him on the back and said, “What’s up, motherfucker?”
Daniel Gill, 39, of Staten Island was released without bail after being arrested for assaulting former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
‘Suddenly I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani told the Post. “I don’t know if they helped me not to fall, but I almost fell.”
On Facebook, when recounting the interaction, the former mayor, who was credited with cleaning up crime in New York City in the 1990s, said he felt like he was hit by a “boulder.”
“It’s helped me a step or two,” he said. “It didn’t knock me down, but it hurt a lot. I didn’t know what it was.’
Video of the incident, released to TMZ, shows the man approaching Giuliani from behind and firmly tapping the former mayor’s back as he walks past.
Rudy Giuliani, 78, discusses meeting a grocery store worker during a campaign layoff for his son Andrew, who is running for governor
Giuliani doesn’t seem to waver, but a woman standing next to him gently rubs his back as they both turn to the supermarket worker.
“You, you’re one of the people who’s going to kill women. You’re going to kill women,” Giuliani told the New York Post said Gill. “You and your damn friend are going to kill women.”
Giuliani, who also worked as an attorney for Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign and unsuccessfully tried to turn the election around amid unfounded claims of voter fraud, said the woman standing next to him touched, “felt, and massaged” his back.
“He hit him so hard I could feel it,” eyewitness Rita Rugova told MailOnline.
Rugova said she was about to ask for Giuliani’s photo when Gill stormed by.
“He’s an elderly person,” she said. “Whatever your political views, no one should be touched.”
A retired first-class detective who was standing there when it happened initially made no attempt to arrest Gill, who continued to berate Giuliani for his stance on abortion.
“He kept swearing and threatening,” Giuliani said, remembering turning to the detective and saying, “Let’s arrest him. Let’s make an example of him.”
Giuliani was in Staten Island campaigning for his son, Andrew, when he was beaten by a disgruntled grocery store clerk, upset that Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Gill was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, police said.
He was arraigned Monday afternoon and released without bail.
Giuliani declined medical treatment at the scene but said he has an appointment to have the injury checked by his doctor on Monday.
The grocery store worker appeared to be processing his frustration with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to quash Roe v. Wade, which overturned the constitutional right to abortion.
“It underscores something that’s happening nationwide,” Giuliani said. “It could have been a lot worse. The idea of attacking people who, ‘Maybe I’m pro-life, but respect other people’s position. I don’t protest against other people. I respect the fact that opinions are divided in this country. There are many good people of good faith with different opinions’
He called New York’s abortion law “sick and corrupt” and said it allows women to terminate a pregnancy two days before giving birth.
Giuliani said he is normally very popular on Staten Island, saying he carried 85 percent of the county when he ran for mayor.
Staten Island is one of only five boroughs where the number of registered Republican voters, 95,308, comes close to the number of registered Democrats, 124,491.