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Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, was attacked by an employee at a supermarket in Staten Islandinformed the authorities this Sunday.
The information was confirmed by the New York police, who told The Hill that the Republican Giuliani was slapped in the middle of the back in a supermarket around 3:30 pm, in the middle of an electoral 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 nearly fell over from the blow. “I heard this guy say, ‘You’re a bastard,’ and then he walks away so no one can grab him.”
Speaking to the 77 WABC radio talk show Curtis Sliwa Show, Giuliani described the slap as 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 after the incident, according to the NYPD. He is currently facing a second-degree assault charge for assaulting a person over the age of 65.. The subject has no priors, according to The Post.
According to a quote from the aforementioned outlet, as well as from The New York Times, Giuliani stated that the attack appeared to be motivated by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
“The only thing he said that was political was ‘you are going to kill women, you are 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 this.”
Rudy’s son Andrew Giuliani is seeking the Republican nomination to become governor of New York, contending in the primary against Rep. Lee Zeldin from Long Island, businessman Harry Wilson and former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
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