Despite the emergence of a video Monday that showed a New York supermarket worker merely patting the back of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor maintained that the incident felt like he was “shot.”
The video evidence sparked a sharp rebuke on social media. Not only did Giuliani not take multiple steps forward, as he claimed, but the group around him can be seen reacting with little interest. Giuliani said the video “probably is a little deceptive.”
Twitter users shared the video to mock the 79-year-old, who has been at the center of controversy for several years.
But also joining in the chorus of criticism of Giuliani was New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Adams’ comments about the incident were harsher than the opinions shared on Twitter.
Adams on Tuesday said prosecutors should consider whether Giuliani should be charged for falsely reporting a crime.
“I think the district attorney … has the wrong person that he’s investigating,” Adams told reporters. “To falsely report a crime is a crime. If that video wasn’t there, then this person would have been charged with punching the former mayor.”
Adams said that despite Giuliani’s claims it is clear he was not “punched in the head,” that the pat “on the back” he received would not “feel like a bullet,” and that he was not “about to fall to the ground.”
The incident took place Sunday at a ShopRite in Staten Island, where Giuliani was campaigning for his son’s bid for governor. Giuliani had made claims that the “assault” was so severe that he nearly fell over.
The “assault” on Rudy Giuliani at a store (arrested for A friendly Pat on the back) is the best distraction of the GOP’s real criminal activity pic.twitter.com/j7GUbX1kni
Daniel Newman (@DanielNewman) June 29, 2022
Still, the New York Police Department charged the ShopRite employee with second-degree assault.
BREAKING: The ShopRite worker who was arrested after very lightly tapping Rudy Giuliani on the back and allegedly calling him a “scumbag” has his charges downgraded to third-degree assault, third-degree menacing, and second-degree harassment.” RT TO DEMAND THE CHARGES BE DROPPED!
Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) June 27, 2022
Adams also discussed the incident in an interview with Trevor Noah on “The Daily Show.” First, Adams greeted Noah with a handshake and a joke.
“You don’t realize it, but you just assaulted me with that handshake,” Adams told Noah.
He went on to say that Giuliani “falsely reported a crime, and the district attorney should take that seriously. That person that he falsely reported spent 24 hours in jail. That’s not acceptable. It’s not acceptable.
Adams is asked again about former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s alleged assault. He compares it to the so-called “Karen” incident with the birder in Central Park. He says DA should look at it. “I just don’t want to see innocent NYers spend time in jail.”
Elizabeth Kim (@lizkimtweets) June 29, 2022
“So I’m going to call the DA. We must be consistent. All of the theatrics that he did, that’s not acceptable. If that tape wasn’t there, imagine what would have happened to that man,” Adams added.
Adams said it should be obvious to Staten Island district attorney Michael McMahon that he has “the wrong person he’s investigating.”
Twitter users have not ceased in their criticism of Giuliani.
Brutal assault that led to Giuliani’s body being hewn in three parts appears to have led to sons defeat. pic.twitter.com/ycTYWIeSK4
Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 29, 2022
I don’t think Rudy Giuliani wants to talk about assault. pic.twitter.com/CXtRSk7nuY
Ellen Kurz (@EllenKurz) June 27, 2022
”I gotta be honest, it doesn’t look that bad” — a Newsmax host to Rudy Giuliani on video of his “assault” pic.twitter.com/FsJ3xZggVc
Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2022
Trump’s assault on a Secret Service officer who is doing his job and who is sworn to defend him is 1000000x worse than the “assault” on Giuliani in a supermarket.
Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) June 28, 2022