A week after he was caught on Youtube accosting Spanish-speaking patrons of a New York City cafe… for daring to speak Spanish in New York City… disgraced lawyer Aaron Schlossberg has issued an apology. And it’s not because he’s been chased through city streets by angry mobs, had his law office lease terminated, become a punch line for late night comedians, been serenaded by Mariachi bands outside his apartment, and had his license threatened to be suspended until he “amends his actions.” No, no. He really means it, y’all. He’s seen the error of his ways.
“Seeing myself online opened my eyes — the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and is not the person I am,” he tweeted this morning. “I see my words and actions hurt people, and for that I am deeply sorry.”
He wrote that “people should be able to express themselves freely” but “should do so calmly and respectfully.”
“What the video did not convey is the real me. I am not racist. One of the reasons I moved to New York is precisely because of the remarkable diversity offered in this wonderful city. I love this country and this city, in part because of immigrants and the diversity of cultures immigrants bring to this country.”
— AaronSchlossbergLaw (@ASchlossbergLaw) May 22, 2018
Heartening to read the thread of people NOT BUYING his too little/too late bullshit.
Watch the tape that landed him in hot water all over again, if you’re even slightly on the fence about forgiving him.
Then giggle at the backlash…
Also with noting, this wasn’t his first timer being caught in a racist rant:
Since last week’s video went viral, two men came forward with other stories about Schlossberg becoming belligerent in public.
Willie Morris said Schlossberg bumped into him on the sidewalk and called him an “ugly f***ing foreigner” (Morris is from Massachusetts).
In another instance, Isaac Saul described Schlossberg angrily yelling at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who was participating in a protest, accusing him of being a fake Jew. Both encounters were caught on video.
Saul, lead editor for the digital media organization A Plus, saw the Fresh Kitchen video and said he recognized Schlossberg from a previous encounter at a protest outside Saul’s Midtown Manhattan office.
On May 25, 2017, Linda Sarsour, an American Muslim political activist, was speaking at a City University of New York graduation ceremony. Saul said there was a protest against Sarsour just outside his office, and anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller and far-right personality Milo Yiannopoulos attended.
Saul also said there were Haredi Jews — ultra-Orthodox Jews who, in some cases, are stringently opposed to Zionism and the state of Israel — counterprotesting in support of Sarsour’s speech.
Saul said that after the protest ended, he saw some members of the protest “get in the face” of the counter protesters.
In video of the confrontation, Schlossberg can be seen yelling profanities and saying, “You are not a Jew” at the counterprotesting Haredi Jews. He also flips his middle finger at the counterprotesters.
Lovely guy. Groan.