A 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, who fought off a would-be robber in September, is ecstatic after receiving a letter from none other than Hillary Clinton — and then getting a proclamation from New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman.
Gina Marie Zuckerman, 90, was walking to a lunchtime volunteer shift in September when she was accosted by a woman who tried to steal her purse out of the cart she uses to support herself, according to DNA Info. Not willing to part with her bag, which contained little money but her ID card, address and phone number, the nonagenarian fought off her attacker. She managed to keep her purse but got a gash in her arm for her efforts and required several stitches on her arm.
After the fight, Zuckerman seemed a bit shaken but not too upset.
“I used to be dancer and a gymnast, so this is why I’m very good at fighting,” she said proudly.
Shortly after, she received a letter from Clinton who congratulated her on her heroic act.
"I was so sorry to hear about your recent brush with a purse-snatcher,” the letter reads, “but heartened to know that you held your own and are doing well despite the injuries you sustained, You are, indeed, a fighter!”
Zuckerberg, who implied in a previous interview that she was a Clinton voter, said she doesn’t “like rude men,” referring to GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
“Enough rude men,” she added.
She was also honored by Hoylman on Thursday where she said she was quite proud of receiving the letter from Clinton.
"[Clinton] was very sorry it happened to me," she said. "She wishes me to get better, and she's proud of me that I am so brave.”
Hoylman told the other attendees that Zuckerman's experience is a reminder that “we should all be aware of our surroundings.”
"I don’t think we all have to be necessarily as courageous as Ms. Zuckerman was, but we should be sensible about protecting ourselves," he said, adding, “I’m actually going to encourage Ms. Zuckerman to start teaching self-defense courses for everyone in the Village.”
Zuckerman’s attacker is still at large but the state senator has promised her that he would do everything in his power to ensure such an ordeal never befalls her again.