UPDATE

Here’s the video of the alleged attack on Rudy Giuliani today and it does not fit with what Rudy described in his account to the media:

ORIGINAL POST

Rudy Giuliani was allegedly attacked while campaigning for his son, Andrew, by an on-duty worker at a Staten Island ShopRite supermarket on Sunday:

The suspect was arrested by the NYPD. From the New York Post:

“I was shoulder-to-shoulder with Rudy inside ShopRite,” Rugova-Johnson said. “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,” the witness said. “The cops arrested him.”

Sources said police took the assailant into custody at the store.

The suspect, a 39-year-old from Staten Island, will be charged with second-degree assault involving a person over age 65, law-enforcement sources said. The man has no prior arrests, sources said.

But this story has blue-check Daniel Drezner, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, questioning if this qualifies as an actual “attack or not”:

Well, how would he feel if someone did this to one of his elderly relatives?

Rudy is 78, by the way. How hard do you have to hit a 78-year-old to do some damage?

And if this happened to any Dem politician, we’d be hearing about the threat to democracy:

We’re sure the Secret Service would have just shrugged it off, right?

And how would Tufts University handle such a case?

Editor’s note: This post has been updated. 

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