Rudy Giuliani flung himself into a feisty exchange with a heckler in Manhattan on Sunday, hurling insults at the man and calling him a ‘brainwashed a**hole’.
Giuliani, 77, was marching in a pro-Israel parade through the city, walking behind Mayor Eric Adams.
Waving the Israeli flag, Giuliani can be seen in a clip filmed by Jacob Kornbluh, senior political reporter at The Forward, pausing when someone in the crowd yells at him.
‘I reduced crime, you jackass!’ Giuliani shouts at the man, referring to his time as mayor, from 1994-2001.
Rudy Giuliani is seen exchanging words with a heckler along the route of the pro-Israel parade on Sunday
Giuliani walked away, but then turned around to confront the heckler again
Giuliani is seen on Sunday at the pro-Israel parade through Manhattan, accompanied by his son Andrew, who is running as a Republican for the governor of New York, taking on incumbent Kathy Hochul in November
Giuliani poses with his son and a supporter along the route of the Israel parade
Giuliani was marching a little behind Eric Adams, the mayor of New York
Giuliani waves to supporters, in a happier moment along the route
As Giuliani walks away, one of the hecklers continues to yell – causing Giuliani to turn around and go back.
‘You are a brainwashed a**hole,’ Giuliani says.
‘You are probably as demented as Biden.’
The specifics of the heckler’s insults were unclear.
Giuliani was once widely liked in the city for his leadership as mayor – particularly after 9/11. But his work as a lawyer for President Donald Trump – a man hated in the strongly Democratic-leaning city – has soured his reputation for many New Yorkers.
Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani (r) met with the House Jan. 6th Committee on Friday. He is pictured at the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6, 2021
Giuliani appeared at an infamous press conference at the Republican National Committee along with ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell days after the November election
Last week Giuliani spoke to the January 6th Committee for nine hours, as the panel continues to probe Trump’s election overturn effort by reaching out to Republican lawmakers and other figures.
The panel had long wanted to bring in Giuliani – who spoke at the January 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ rally and called for the election to be decided with a ‘trial by combat.’
He said at the time he would stake his reputation on being able to find ‘criminality’ in the election.
Giuliani and his team had previously insisted that they be allowed to record his interview with the committee, prompting an earlier scheduled interview to be cancelled.
Unlike some other top figures in Trump’s circle, including former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, who are both fighting their subpoenas in court, Giuliani elected to speak to the panel.
The Committee statement accompanying Giuliani’s January subpoena said he and other individuals ‘advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results, or were in direct contact with the former President about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes.’
The panel has called people in Trump’s close circle along with family members, but not the former president
Giuliani is seen with his girlfriend Maria Ryan last week as they carried several items of luggage and entered a car before leaving New York City
Giuliani maintains close contacts with Trump and his circle – despite the president’s ongoing push to try and turn back Joe Biden’s election win.
During the heat of Trump’s post-election maneuvering, Giuliani appeared at an infamous press conference at the Republican National Committee along with ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell.
During the heat of Trump’s post-election maneuvering, Giuliani also appeared at an press conference at the Republican National Committee along with disgraced ‘Kraken’ lawyer Sidney Powell.
At the event, Giuliani sweated enough that his hair dye ran down his face – sparking a firestorm of online mockery that overshadowed the false claims of election fraud.