Lawyer Who Went Viral For Racist Rant Offers Half-Hearted Apology

“You have no idea what you’re talking about,” Schlossberg can be heard saying in the video. “You should just say ‘Thank you for letting me in your motherf***ing country.’”

UPDATE: The racist New York City lawyer whose rantings against Spanish-speaking customers in a Manhattan restaurant went viral has offered up an apology for his behavior — but is it enough?

Aaron Schlossberg sent out a tweet with an image of an official statement announcing his apology Tuesday.

“To the people I insulted, I apologize,” he wrote. “Seeing myself online opened my eyes — the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and is not the person I am.”

While an apology for his behavior is certainly warranted, Schlossberg’s statement doesn’t seem to acknowledge an undeniable fact: that he holds racist views. In fact, he denies being a bigot in his posting.

“What the video did not convey is the real me,” Schlossberg insisted (emphasis in bold his). “I am not a racist. One of the reasons I moved to New York is precisely because of the remarkable diversity offered in this wonderful city.”

That contradicts his record verbally attacking others, including an incident in which he called a separate individual an “ugly f---ing foreigner” two years prior.

Schlossberg’s statement on Tuesday seems to be more about damage control rather than an actual apology.

He’s entitled to fix his mistakes and to attempt to improve his image. What he’s not entitled to doing, however, is lying to everyone about his character. It wasn’t just his deplorable actions in recent days that demonstrate his bigoted behavior, and it’s wrong for him to suggest he isn’t a racist — especially when his behavior from last week wasn’t an isolated incident.

UPDATE: This has been a terrible week for racist New York lawyer Aaron Schlossberg whose racist tirade against Spanish-speaking sandwich shop workers was caught on tape.

He has been kicked out of his office space after Corporate Suites, the company that leased it to him, said that it “found Mr. Schlossberg’s statements offensive and contrary to our community norms.”

BuzzFeed revealed that last Thursday’s incident was just one of many times Schlossberg has confronted and harassed people in public spaces. He has been spotted protesting against Muslim-American activist Linda Sarsour and even harassing other foreigners on a subway train and on the street.

Prior to the news of him being booted from his office, a GoFundMe campaign was launched to raise donations to pay for a mariachi band to go there and serenade him with the famous song, "La Cucaracha" (The Cockroach).

In just the first 14 hours, the campaign raised $1,069, more than double its initial $500 goal. The initiative was organized by the organization Alt Immigration. However, a New York City mariachi band later agreed to perform for free, which nullified the need for the donations. The campaign is still live, for now, as the organizers await confirmation from the band. 

The performance was originally planned for Friday afternoon, but it could be pushed out to next week. The location is also likely to change, possibly moving to the deli where the altercation occurred.

“We are requesting the band to sing the famous, endearing, and warm Spanish children’s song, La Cucaracha, the cockroach,” the campaign reads. “We are countering hate and racism with the sound of music. Any leftover money will be used to send a delicious Taco Truck lunch to the staff and a copy of all federal and state statute mentioning undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare.”

The backlash and consequences that Schlossberg is suffering as a result of his ugly racism are incredibly gratifying. Karma is having its way with this bigot who has, clearly, gotten away with this abhorrent behavior one too many times.

Bigoted Manhattan attorney Aaron Schlossberg, who was identified via a Shaun King tweet as the man threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Spanish-speaking restaurant staffers, has a long history of racism.

As a result of King’s efforts at outing Schlossberg as the man in the Spanish restaurant video, the lawyer’s online business ratings have taken a significant dive.

A flurry of one-star reviews has inundated his law firm, and on Google specifically someone comically changed his company’s profile from law firm to “Spanish restaurant.”

Yelp had to step in to temporarily suspend new ratings of his services, what it calls an “active cleanup alert” that occurs when ratings are made that don’t have to do with the business itself. This often happens when businesses engage in behavior that garners negative attention to them.

Democrats Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. filed an official complaint against Schlossberg after he was caught on video, threatening to call ICE on restaurant staffers speaking Spanish.

“What was witnessed in the vile video from Mr. Schlossberg, which has since gone viral, is [a] humiliating and insulting attack on the more than 50 years of progress that this nation has made since the civil rights movement,” the two wrote. “The audacity to profile and verbally assault innocent bystanders and customers in a public commercial location is a violation of our civil society.”

But it turns out this was not an isolated incident for the attorney who is (surprise, surprise), a Trump supporter. It was revealed he donated $500 to the Trump campaign in 2016.

Vice News discovered a video of Schlossberg donning a “Make America Great Again Hat,” yelling at protestors outside Trump Tower.

“You have no idea what you’re talking about,” Schlossberg can be heard saying in the video. “You should just say ‘Thank you for letting me in your motherf***ing country.’”

“You care about America because you need America, so fuck you,” he continued. “You’re goddamn welcome for letting you in here. You’re welcome.”

Schlossberg attended Johns Hopkins University for college, according to his LinkedIn profile. He ironically boasts of being fluent in Spanish on his official website, has a history of similar racist rants.

After tweeting the original video featuring the attorney, King posted a follow-up tweet which included video of Schlossberg calling another individual “an ugly f***ing foreigner.”

According to CNN, Isaac Saul, lead editor for the digital media organization, A Plus, said he recognized Schlossberg from a 2017 alt-right protest headed by anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and far-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos against Linda Sarsour.

There was also a counterprotest in support of Sarsour, headed by Heradi Jews.

Saul said Schlossberg was seen hurling profanities towards the Heradi Jews, saying “you are not a Jew,” while flipping his middle finger.

He was also seen chanting “Milo.”

"I just remembered this guy because he was so intense," Saul said, referring to Schlossberg. "Of all the people that were there, he sort of seemed most incensed by (the counterprotesters') presence."

An unverified claim on social media suggested Schlossberg was also abusive towards his apartment's cleaning staff.

Diaz is eyeing for Schlossberg’s disbarment or suspension.

"This guy should know better. When you’re an attorney, you’re telling your clients what you should say and how you should conduct yourself,” he said. “Where in the Constitution or the law does it say that in a public place that you can’t use another language other than English? And then to add insult to injury he threatens to harass these people and that he will call ICE.”

Often one to threaten bystanders with loud, racist remarks, Schlossberg has recently been running away from reporters as they approach him.


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