On Sunday afternoon, Rudy Giuliani was campaigning for his son Andrew in a grocery store on Staten Island. A store worker came up from behind Giuliani and slapped him on the back.
The violent supermarket worker said, ‘Hey, what’s up, scumbag?’ as he walked by. Giuliani said the man was upset over the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v Wade.
The suspect was later identified as 39-year-old Daniel Gill and was initially charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65.
However, the charges against him were downgraded to third-degree assault, third-degree menacing, and second-degree harassment. Gill has been released from jail as of this writing.
Here’s a surveillance camera footage wherein Gill was caught slapping the 78-year-old former New York City mayor on the back.
Watch it here: Fox5/Youtube
Here’s what Gill’s defense attorney, Susan Platis, argued during the arraignment, according to a report from the New York Post:
“It appears to be a tap on the back and not a slap,”
“This is not criminal contact, it is very unlikely that the touch could have caused any injury. So to call this assault in the third, or even menacing, is a stretch.”
But it was countered by Assistant District Attorney Darren Albanese:
“The defendant smacked Mr. Giuliani in the back, causing him pain and imbalance. [Giuliani] took a step forward to steady himself … at which time the suspect said to him, ‘What’s up, scumbag.’”
Giuliani slammed the decision to lower the charges during a virtual press conference ahead of the arraignment. He said:
“Finally, I thought we had a DA in New York in Staten Island who was a real DA in favor of protecting victims and not letting criminals go free.”
Rudy Giuliani told Steve Bannon that he is “in pain” and lashed out at Fox News for burying a story about him being slapped.
“Even if Putin got assaulted it would be on Fox.” pic.twitter.com/oeoYYJcLel
— David Edwards (@DavidEdwards) June 27, 2022
When asked if the suspect should be charged with assault and/or should be fired from ShopRite, Giuliani said, “Do I think he should be fired from his job and do I think he should be prosecuted? You’re darn right I think he should be prosecuted.”
Rudy Giuliani said he was not severely injured by the incident when talking on the Curtis Sliwa show on local radio.
“Luckily, I’m a 78-year-old in pretty good shape,” Giuliani said. “If I wasn’t, I would have hit the ground and probably cracked my skull.”