Aaron Schlossberg, the New York City attorney who was caught on camera spewing a vicious racist rant last week, has now issued an apology on social media.
“To the people I insulted, I apologize. Seeing myself online opened my eyes – the manner in which I expressed myself is unacceptable and is not the person I am. I see my words and actions hurt people, and for that I am deeply sorry,” he posted. “While people should be able to express themselves freely, they should do so calmly and respectfully. What the video did not convey is the real me. I am not racist.”
— AaronSchlossbergLaw (@ASchlossbergLaw) May 22, 2018
That is a decidedly different tone than the one Schlossberg took last week at a Manhattan restaurant when he berated staff for speaking Spanish and made assumptions about them being undocumented immigrants living on government assistance.
After his tirade went viral, activists made sure to make his life a living hell. His law firm was besieged with one-star ratings on Yelp, he was evicted from his office space, local politicians are calling for him to be disbarred and a Mariachi band greeted him in front of his home.
For many, Schlossberg’s apology is a day late and a dollar short.
— Mary (@msmarypryor) May 22, 2018
. Translation: “I’m sorry people who know what a racist dick I am were able to ID me. I got booted from my office and I’m afraid to go home. I want you to THINK I’m sorry and hope you won’t read between the lines to see that I’m not sorry for what I said, just that I got caught.”
— Diane Pavia (@diane_pavia) May 22, 2018
Not only are you a week late but your apology is weak as hell.
Time for you to stop with the shallow shit and face your VICTIMS. You are not just a “good guy” who made “a mistake”. You have a pattern of abusing minorities.
Get involved in helping those you sought to harm.
— BIE Establishment Beltway Combative Bitch (@BravenakBlog) May 22, 2018
If you need a refresher on the original rant, here’s the video:
Who this this bigot in Midtown Manhattan? What’s his name?
Please share this.
Here he is harassing & insulting two women for speaking Spanish…TO EACH OTHER in the middle of Manhattan.
Trump has empowered ugly white people like this to say whatever they feel like saying. pic.twitter.com/WbHlet6H7c
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 16, 2018