Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday doubled down on his wildly exaggerated characterization of being brutally assaulted over the weekend by a supermarket worker on Staten Island, despite security footage showing the man only tapping his back.
Giuliani spoke to about 200 people on a Facebook Live and called the viral security footage “deceptive.” He claimed the knock had such force that he and a friend nearly fell to the ground, but he was able to stay upright because he is in such good shape for his age.
“The videotape you see is probably a bit deceiving because it only shows a hand on my back,” Giuliani said. “Police monitored the entire videotape — not the small piece shown to you by the dishonest press — and they upgraded his charge to second-degree assault, a felony.”
Giuliani said he could have easily died at his age if he had been knocked down by the ‘blow’ – a fate that befell his uncle after he fell once.
“I’m in pretty good shape, I didn’t fall, but it could have been,” said Giuliani. “If I fell, who knows… Elderly people most often die from falling.”
Giuliani said the man, 38-year-old Daniel Gill, attacked him because he is outwardly against abortion. After the pat, the former mayor claims that Gill gave him an ear about the 1973 toppling. last week Roe v. Wade abortion decision and how it will cause women to die.
“Suddenly I feel this, ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani initially told the New York Post of the incident, later saying that the alleged blow caused him “tremendous pain”.
Before the footage surfaced, Giuliani also claimed it felt like “a boulder hit me,” saying in a Facebook video Gill pushed him forward “a step or two”. On The Curtis Sliwa Show, he said it felt like he had been shot in the back.
“Suddenly I feel a shot in my back, as if someone has shot me,” Giuliani said, according to The Washington Post†
In reality, the footage showed Giuliani standing up after the knock, facing Gill as he was pushed away by people who surrounded the former mayor as he stumbled ahead of his son’s gubernatorial campaign.
Gill, a ShopRite employee, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault involving a person over the age of 65. Giuliani claimed Monday that the attack was so serious that police upgraded it to a felony, but he later said it had been downgraded to a misdemeanor. (New York Police Department did not immediately respond to a confirmation request.)
Giuliani insisted he was never afraid of Gill. Instead, he lashed out at New York officials for letting the grocery store clerk get out of jail, he insinuated Gill — who New York Post reports has no previous arrests – would now go on an elderly slave pree.
“I don’t care about myself, I can take care of myself, this little punk won’t hurt me,” Giuliani said. “The mafia threatened to kill me twice, the FARC wants to slit my throat… I can’t go to Sicily because I’ve been told they’ll never forget. You think I’m worried about this little punk? I’m worried about this little punk for you because if he can come and hit me, a 78-year-old man, he’s going to do the following to you.”