Rudy Giuliani lashed out at a heckler during a parade to celebrate Israel on Sunday, calling the man a “jackass” and a “brainwashed a-hole” while defending his record as the city’s mayor.
“You are a brainwashed a**hole. You are probably as demented as Biden,” he was heard saying in a video that went viral on social media.
Giuliani could be seen on video shouting at the unidentified man at 5th Avenue and 62nd Street after the heckler got under his skin during the Israel Day Parade.
“Crime was down 55% under me, it’s up 40% under him,” he shouted while leaning over the police barricades, in apparent references to Mayor Eric Adams and recently released NYPD data. It wasn’t clear what the man initially said to Giuliani. The recent “Masked Singer” contestant and critic of Mayor Eric Adams then shouted: “I reduced crime, you jackass!”
A 35-second video posted on Twitter by The Forward reporter Jacob Kornbluh captured the exchange.
During his tenure at City Hall, Giuliani and then-Police Commissioner Bill Bratton implemented a new data system for the NYPD. The system is credited with helping crime rates plummet in the mid- to late 1990s.
On Sunday, thousands of Israel supporters marched up Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 74th Street while chanting and hoisting Israeli flags in the Celebrate Israel Parade. The event was organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and began in 1964.
On Friday, Giuliani reportedly met with the January 6 committee for nine hours after previously backing out of a scheduled appearance in early May.
Giuliani was subpoenaed in January for promoting “claims of election fraud” after the 2020 election and “sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results,” according to a statement from the committee.