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A grocery store worker smacked Rudy Giuliani while he was shopping.
The former New York City mayor and Donald Trump campaign lawyer was at a ShopRite on Staten Island shortly before 3:30 p.m. when an employee approached and struck him in the face, reported the New York Post.
“I was shoulder-to-shoulder with Rudy inside ShopRite,” said witness Rita Rugova-Johnson. “We’re talking, and all of a sudden an employee came out of nowhere and open-handedly slapped him in the back and said, ‘Hey, what’s up scumbag?’
“[The attacker] was on duty at the time,” Rugova-Johnson added. “The cops arrested him.”
The 39-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, was charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65, law-enforcement sources said.
The State Island man had no prior arrests.
Giuliani was campaigning for his son Andrew, who is running for New York governor.
Edit: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported the worker had slapped Giuliani in the face, not on the back.
Newly revealed video shows Proud Boys leaders calling on members to remain orderly and professional during the Jan. 6, 2021, march that turned into the U.S. Capitol riot.
Enrique Tarrio and some of his top lieutenants met Dec. 30, 2020, for a video conference to found the right-wing paramilitary group's Ministry of Self-Defense, and they told group members to remain in a defensive posture for their march the following week and keep "normies" away from them, but that's not what happened, reported the New York Times.
We’re never going to be the ones to cross the police barrier or cross something in order to get to somebody,” Tarrio said.
The extremist group's members played an aggressive and apparently coordinated role in breaking into the Capitol, and Tarrio and several other Proud Boys members have been charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the deadly riot.
Proud Boys members also repeatedly instigated Donald Trump supporters around them in a tactic that members later described in private messages as “riling up the normies.”
The video conference has been mentioned in court papers but hasn't been widely seen, and the Times obtained a copy recently that had been seized from Tarrio's phone.
Proud Boys lawyers say the video recording shows the Ministry of Self-Defense was not "formed to plan a violent attack on the Capitol," as prosecutors allege, but shows the group was trying “to avoid the chaos and violence” from a Dec. 12, 2020, march in Washington, D.C., following a pro-Trump rally.
However, the video shows group members using flagrantly misogynistic, homophobic and antisemitic language and rarely mention the Capitol at all, and prosecutors say some of the Proud Boys in that meeting used violent language in private messages ahead of the riot.
“Time to stack those bodies in front of Capitol Hill," one of the members posted in a group chat that included other members of the ministry.
“What would they do if 1 million patriots stormed and took the capital building," said another member in the group. "Shoot into the crowd? I think not.”
Hours after Wall Street Journal columnist was laughed at on "Meet the Press" for suggesting the Republican Party become more women-friendly, former president Donald Trump issued a statement calling her and other well-known conservative pundits "foolish (stupid!) people."
In his statement issued by his "Save America" PAC, the former president took aim at a wide array of venerable conservatives including columnist George Will and National Review editor Rich Lowry, saying they are "shortsighted losers."
According to the twice-impeached former president, "I listen to all of these foolish (stupid!) people, often living in a bygone era, like the weak and frail RINO, Peggy Noonan, who did much less for Ronald Reagan than she claims, and who actually said bad things about him and his ability to speak, or Rich Lowry, who has destroyed the once wonderful and influential National Review, the pride and joy of the legendary William F. Buckley, or George Will, whose mind is decaying with hatred and envy before our very eyes, or Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, two people who are finally out of the conversation and of no relevance whatsoever."
"Where do these people come from? They have no idea what the MAGA movement is, and even less of an understanding of America First, which is necessary, and even vital, to save our Country," he continued before concluding, “People like these are nasty, jealous, not smart, and of no use to the potential greatness of our Country,” Trump said of Noonan, Will and their ilk. “They talk, they criticize, and they complain, but they don’t have the ability or talent to get anything done. They are shortsighted ‘losers,’ and will never understand what it takes to Make America Great Again!”
You can see his statement below via Truth Social: