Even Newsmax wasn’t sure about Rudy Giuliani’s story that he was violently assaulted at a Staten Island grocery store.
The former mayor of New York and lawyer for Donald Trump had a man arrested on Sunday for slapping him on the back. Giuliani said the store clerk approached him and said, “What’s up, you bastard?” and hitting him in a way that makes it feel like “someone shot me”. Video footage of the encounter at the ShopRite store showed a man slapping him on the back with an outstretched hand.
During an appearance on the right-wing News Network on Monday, Giuliani mentioned he was “attacked yesterday.”
Newsmax host Greg Kelly said he was aware of the incident and “I want to show people what happened”. He released a clip of the meeting.
“I have to be honest. It doesn’t look so bad,” he commented. “But I understand that appearances can be deceiving.”
Giuliani told Kelly that the woman rubbing her back later told police that “the guy hit me so hard that she herself almost fell from the reverberation.”
“Okay, fine. Well, that makes sense! I’m sorry you were bullied. Campaigning is crazy,” Kelly replied.
ShopRite employee Daniel Gill, 39, has been charged with assault with intent to cause bodily harm, second-degree harassment and third-degree threat, CNN reported.
The Legal Aid Society, which represents him, said their client simply patted Giuliani on the back to get his attention.
“The charges against Daniel Gill, who has no prior contact with the criminal justice system, are inconsistent with applicable law. Our client merely patted Mr. Giuliani, who suffered nothing remotely resembling physical injury, without malice to merely get his attention, as the video footage clearly shows,” the statement read, according to CNN. .
“Mr. Gill was then followed and threatened by one of Mr. Giuliani’s associates who allegedly pushed Mr. Gill in the chest and told him he was going to be ‘locked up’. He was then unnecessarily detained by the NYPD for more than 24 hours,” the organization said in the statement.
“Given Mr. Giuliani’s obsession with having his name in the press and his demonstrated propensity to distort the truth, we are happy to correct the record of exactly what happened that weekend in Staten. Island.”
Giuliani was one of Trump’s key legal henchmen in the former president’s effort to overturn the 2020 election. In explosive testimony Tuesday before the House Select Committee investigating the 6 January 2021 against the U.S. Capitol, a senior White House official said Giuliani sought a presidential pardon after the riot.
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