In a move that will surprise no one, Aaron Schlossberg, that racist lawyer who was filmed berating Spanish-speaking employees at Manhattan cafe Fresh Kitchen, issued a one-week-later apology earlier on Twitter. He revealed he is not racist.
“To the people I insulted, I apologize,” he wrote, going on to decide "the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable.” He gives an obligatory "I am not racist" before claiming he moved to New York City because of its diversity. “I love this country and this city, in part because of immigrants and the diversity of cultures immigrants bring to this country.”
Oh, and it sounds like he might be down with the trash he was spewing anyway? "While people should be able to express themselves freely, they should do so calmly and respectfully."
Since the video went viral, Aaron Schlossberg has been kicked out of his office space and a formal complaint has been filed with the New York State Unified Court System disciplinary committee. People have also taken to protesting by holding “fiestas” outside Schlossberg's apartment with mariachi bands, tequila shots, and piñatas.
If you’re somehow inclined to give Schlossberg the benefit of the doubt and believe he isn’t a bigoted fool, you probably haven’t seen the other videos that are starting to pop up online. BuzzFeed has found at least four other instances of his despicable behavior. In April of this year, he accosted a Caucasian man in his sixties who was allegedly speaking a Slavic or Eastern European language on the NYC subway. “Go home, we don’t want you here, you’re what's ruining America,” Schlossberg told the man.
In May 2017, he was spotted at a far-right demonstration in which he was accusing a rabbi of faking being Jewish.
In April 2017, Schlossberg confronted anti-Trump protesters while wearing a Make America Great Again hat. "How dare you question my president,” Schlossberg says in the video. “I don't give a fuck about your country...You should just say ‘Thank you for letting me in your motherfucking country.’”
Finally, Schlossberg was also filmed calling a stranger—who was a white man from Massachusetts—who had supposedly bumped into him in Manhattan “an ugly fucking foreigner” back in October 2016.
Whether Schlossberg is being deeply disingenuous, has deeper issues than we can see, has an evil twin—or all three—remains to be seen. With that said, no one is wasting any time giving this guy any credit.