Rudy Giuliani assaulted inside supermarket while campaigning for son

The store employee reportedly told Giuliani “You’re a f–king scumbag'" and "one of the people that’s gonna kill women.”

Updated: June 26, 2022 - 9:33pm

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, was assaulted Sunday inside of a Staten Island ShopRite while he campaigned for his son's gubernatorial bid.

A grocery store employee allegedly slapped Giuliani on the back and said, "'Hey, what’s up scumbag?'" witness Rita Rugova-Johnson told the New York Post

"All of a sudden, I feel this, 'Bam! on my back," Giuliani recounted. "I don’t know if they helped me not fall down, but I just about fell down, but I didn’t."

The suspect told Giuliani, "'You’re a f–king scumbag'" and "'You’re one of the people that’s gonna kill women. You’re gonna kill women,'" the former Trump attorney recalled.

The attack comes just days after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, which may have been part of the worker's reason for outrage. 

The employee was arrested. Sources told the Post that a 39-year-old from Staten Island faces second-degree assault charges involving someone over the age of 65.

Shortly after the incident, the former mayor's son, Andrew Giuliani, tweeted, "MAKE NEW YORK SAFE AGAIN!"

Andrew Giuliani, who is leading the polls for New York's GOP gubernatorial primary, issued a formal press release obtained by ABC 7

"Innocent people are attacked in today's New York all of the time. This particular incident hit very close to home. The assault on my father, America's Mayor, was over politics. We will not be intimidated by left wing attacks," he said. "As governor I will stand up for law and order so that New Yorkers feel safe again. This message has resonates with voters throughout my campaign, leading up to Tuesday's primary."

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