Rudy Giuliani Slapped by Leftist in New York: 'What’s Up Scumbag?'
Staten Island supermarket employee strikes former NYC mayor in the back
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was slapped in the back by a leftist while he was campaigning for his son in Staten Island, according to reports.
The incident occurred Sunday while Giuliani was campaigning for his son, Andrew, who is running to become the state’s next governor.
The slap occurred at a ShopRite located on the island’s southwest end.
It reportedly left 78-year-old Giuliani shaken.
Police arrested the suspect, who was on duty at the time of the incident, according to a witness.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., a 39-year-old male approached Giuliani and slapped him in the mid-back, a spokesperson from The Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.
The leftist reportedly said “What’s up scumbag?” to Giuliani during the incident.
Police took the attacker into custody and Giuliani refused medical attention at the scene.
“My dad is tough as nails," Giuliani’s gubernatorial-candidate son, Andrew Giuliani, told The New York Post.
Giuliani reportedly told The New York Post the slap almost knocked him down “but regained his composure—even as his attacker kept cursing at him.”
"He’s doing fine,” Andrew later said of his father, The New York Post reported.
"But it’s a sad day when New Yorkers’ greatest crime fighter, ‘America’s Mayor,’ is attacked."
According to The New York Post, Giuliani’s said his father was in “good spirits” and claimed he “ran into the only person who is not voting for Andrew Giuliani.”
Giuliani’s son said he blames the left-wing for encouraging violence.
“This is crazy,” he told The New York Post.
Rudy Giuliani, the former lawyer of President Donald Trump, allegedly was posing for photos during the attack.
Dr. Maria Ryan, Giuliani’s partner, reportedly told The New York Post, “Rudy was assaulted.”
“He’s a 78-year-old man with a bad back and bad knees,” she said.
One witness said the incident “stunned” her.
"I was shoulder-to-shoulder with Rudy inside ShopRite,” Rugova-Johnson told The New York Post.
"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?'”
The Post reportedly said law-enforcement sources the suspect will be charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65.
However, The Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information said that charges remain unknown at the time.
The man has no prior arrests.