Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday doubled down on his wildly exaggerated characterization that he was brutally assaulted by a Staten Island grocery store clerk over the weekend, although security footage showed the man merely slapped him on the back.
In a Facebook Live conversation with about 200 people, Giuliani called the viral security footage “deceptive.” He claimed the slap was so powerful it nearly knocked him and a friend to the ground, but he was able to stay upright because he’s in such good shape for his age.
“The videotape you’re looking at is probably a little deceptive because it only shows one hand on my back,” Giuliani said. “Police watched the entire videotape – not the little bit the dishonest press showed you – and they upgraded his charge to second-degree assault, a felony.”
Giuliani said at his old age he could easily have died if he had been knocked out by the “slap in the face” – a fate that befell his uncle after he fell once.
“I’m in pretty good shape, I didn’t fall but I could have,” Giuliani said. “If I fell, who knows… Elderly people die most often from falls.”
Giuliani said the man, 38-year-old Daniel Gill, attacked him because he appeared anti-abortion. After the slap, the former mayor claims Gill overheard him about the 1973 overthrow last week Roe v. calf Abortion judgment and how it will result in women dying.
“All of a sudden I feel this ‘Bam!’ on my back,” Giuliani said at first New York Post of the incident and later said the alleged blow caused him “tremendous pain”.
Before the footage surfaced, Giuliani also claimed it felt like “a boulder hit me,” and said in a Facebook video that Gill “thrust him a step or two forward.” On The Curtis Sliwa Show, he said it felt like he’d been shot in the back.
“All of a sudden, I feel a shot in my back, like someone shot me,” Giuliani said loudly The Washington Post.
In reality, the footage showed Giuliani standing upright after the slap, facing Gill as he was pushed away by people who surrounded the former mayor as he stumbled for his son’s gubernatorial campaign.
Gill, a ShopRite employee, was arrested for second degree assault involving a person over 65. Giuliani claimed Monday that the assault was so serious that police downgraded it to a felony, but later said it had been downgraded to a misdemeanor. (The 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 allowing the grocery store clerk to get out of jail, insinuating on Gill — who the New York Post Reports has no previous arrests – would now go on a senior slap tour.
“I don’t take care of myself, I can take care of myself, this little punk won’t hurt me,” Giuliani said. “The mafia have threatened to kill me twice, the FARC want to cut my throat… I’m not allowed to go to Sicily because I’m told they’ll never forget it. Do 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, the next thing he’s going to do is hit you.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/rudy-giuliani-says-video-of-near-fatal-pat-on-back-by-staten-island-store-worker-daniel-gill-is-deceptive?source=articles&via=rss Rudy Giuliani says video of near-fatal tapping on Staten Island shop worker Daniel Gill’s back is ‘deceptive’