Update 6/27/22: Second degree assault charges reduced to misdemeanor charges.
Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to controversy. The political figure-turned-former lawyer for Donald Trump has drawn controversy for much of his career, with one of his biggest dramas coming when he made an unexpected appearance in the 2020 film Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm and some, well, prettier ones was accused of questionable conduct, per The Guardian.
Giuliani hasn’t been shy about revealing his true thoughts on various controversial issues, either, with some observers making it clear that the former New York City mayor may have, as NBC New York put it, “off the rails.” But Giuliani doesn’t seem to care too much about other people’s opinions of him, as he told the outlet in August 2021 that he’s not the one who changed. “I’m aware of that. And what has happened is that our country has fallen apart… I’m the exact same person. You’ve changed!” he hit back.
But it’s no secret that not everyone is Giuliani’s biggest fan thanks to his polarizing views — and someone decided to make that more than clear when the political figure took a trip to the grocery store. And the Twitter video of the moment everyone is talking about has gone viral with more than 2.8 million views.
Rudy Giuliani’s viral stroke
Rudy Giuliani felt the anger of the public at a ShopRite store on Staten Island on June 26 when Giuliani was seen in CCTV footage talking to people in the store when a clerk slapped him on the back, which he was carrying compared to a shot. “All of a sudden I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back. I don’t know if they helped me not to fall, but I almost fell,” he said on 77 WABC (via New York Post), though the video appears to contradict his version of a violent attack. “I feel this tremendous pain in my back and think what the – I didn’t even know what it was.” He also said the man swore and called him a “scumbag”.
The attacker, Giuliani, reportedly said he was not happy with the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling that gives each state the right to make its own abortion laws. “The Supreme Court has made a decision,” Giuliani said in an interview after the scuffle. “You don’t go around attacking people because of it. I mean, go and get it changed.” The employee has since been arrested for second-degree assault, which is a felony since Giuliani is a senior.
Many reacted to the incident on social media, speaking out both for and against the controversial politician. “Thoughts and prayers for Rudy Giuliani who visited Staten Island today and whose privacy and body autonomy were questioned by a man,” one wrote in a viral tweet, while another tweeted, “The supermarket employee who violently assaulted Rudy Giuliani.” , should be imprisoned.”