It should probably come as no surprise that Rudy “Definitely Intoxicated” Giuliani lied about being “assaulted” Sunday in a Staten Island ShopRite.
After all, the man was the inspiration and the primary enabler of Trump’s Big Lie. Then he lied, and continues to lie, about the circumstances surrounding Ashli Babbitt’s death at the Capitol on January 6th. And he lied about election workers in Georgia, lied about voting machines, and lied about the President’s dealings with Ukraine.
In fact, Rudy “Definitely Intoxicated” Giuliani has been fact checked by PolitiFact a stunning 53 times, and was found to have been lying more than 2/3rds of them. What’s more, he’s been trending in the wrong direction. Since Trump was elected in 2016, only one Giuliani claim has been rated as “Mostly True,” while ten have been rated either “False” or “Pants on Fire.”
It Felt Like a Gunshot
The short version of the story is that Rudy Giuliani was in Staten Island over the weekend, campaigning with his son, Andrew, who is running to be New York’s next governor despite his total lack of qualification. Sometime during the afternoon, the elder Giuliani and a group of supporters decided to stop at a local ShopRite.
And that’s when it happened.
A man walked by and *gasp* patted Giuliani on the back.
“I feel a shot on my back like somebody shot me. I went forward, but luckily I didn’t fall down,” Giuliani later described the incident.
“My back hurts, but otherwise I’m able to walk and stuff like that,” the former mayor said. “He almost knocked me down. Thank God for a 78-year-old, I am in pretty good shape.”
“This guy should be in prison,” Giuliani said.
According to the New York Post, Giuliani said he wasn’t hospitalized after the ordeal but he was planning to see his doctor later Monday to make sure there aren’t “permanent injuries.” Giuliani quickly had the man, Daniel Gill, a 39 year old employee of the ShopRite, arrested. Gill was charged with 2nd degree assault, a felony, on Sunday evening. But as early as that same Sunday evening CCTV video had emerged of the incident, and, prepare yourself gentle reader: ol’ Definitely Intoxicated Giuliani appears to have been lying again.
Reporting a crime that isn’t a crime is a crime
By Tuesday, current NYC Mayor and former NYPD Captain Eric Adams was recommending the Staten Island District Attorney investigate Giuliani for false reporting of a crime.
“When you look at the video, the guy basically walked by and patted him on the back,” Mr. Adams said. “It was clear that he was not punched in the head. It was clear that it didn’t feel like a bullet. It was clear that he wasn’t about to fall to the ground.”
Meanwhile, Gill, who spent 24 hours in Police custody, was released on Monday after having his charges reduced to simple misdemeanors. “Someone needs to remind former Mayor Giuliani that falsely reporting a crime is a crime,” Mr. Adams told reporters during a news conference Tuesday morning in Harlem.