Rudy Giuliani was slapped by a grocery store worker while he was out campaigning for his son on Sunday.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. while Giuliani was stumping at a ShopRite on Staten Island for his son, Andrew Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican Party nomination for governor, according to the New York Post.
Rita Rugova-Johnson, an eyewitness, told the Post she was standing next to Giuliani when “an employee came out of nowhere and open-handedly slapped him in the back and said, ‘Hey, what’s up scumbag?’”
The attacker, 39, was on duty at the time of the incident and was arrested. He has been charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65.
Giuliani told the Post that the suspect blamed him for the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
“‘You, you’re one of the people that’s gonna kill women. You’re gonna kill women,’ ” Giuliani said the suspect told him. “‘You and your f–king friend are gonna kill women. You guys think you’re saving babies, but you’re gonna kill women.’”
Giuliani said the slap felt like someone shot him and he was only able to remain standing because he is a “78-year-old who is in pretty good shape,” adding, “If I wasn’t, I would have hit the ground and probably cracked my skull.”