Rudy Giuliani, 78, of New York City, New York, United States has been a Republican since 1980. He served as the 107th New York City mayor from January 1, 1994 to December 31, 2001.
As New York mayor, Giuliani was a supporter of abortion rights. Decided on June 24, 2022, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court overruling both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, holding that the U.S. Constitution does not confer any right to abortion.
“The Supreme Court made a decision,” the New York Post quoted Giuliani as saying. “You don’t go around attacking people because of it. I mean, go get it changed.”
Guiliani’s son Andrew Giuliani, 36, is currently running for governor of New York. At around 3:35 p.m. on June 26, 2022, Rudy was inside a ShopRite in Staten Island, New York City campaigning for Andrew.
Daniel Gill, 39, of Oakwood, Staten Island was one of the ShopRite workers who were there at the time. According to Rudy, he had just gotten out of the men’s room at the store and was being greeted by supporters when Gill suddenly hit from behind.
“You, you’re one of the people that’s gonna kill women,” Gill said after the slap, according to Rudy. “You’re gonna kill women. You and your f**king friend are gonna kill women.”
Gill had no criminal history prior to his arrest for slapping Rudy. Initially, the ShopRite worker was charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65.
On June 27, 2022, Gill was arraigned before Judge Gerianne Abriano and his charges were downgraded to third-degree assault, third-degree menacing and second-degree harassment. Still wearing his ShopRite uniform, he was released on his own recognizance.