The already-infamous New York attorney who unleashed a racist rant that was caught on video and soon went viral yesterday is quickly finding out that there are consequences to his hateful behavior.
Aaron M. Schlossberg was recorded harassing Spanish-speaking individuals because they were conversing with each other in their native language rather English.
The bigoted tirade was unprovoked — as they usually are — and quickly devolved into outright threats, with the man (who was later identified as attorney Aaron M. Schlossberg) saying he would call ICE on the workers in question, an inexcusable thing to say given the way in which ICE has devolved into an outright fascist organization under Trump.
This horrible individual felt so personally threatened by someone else speaking another language that he felt justified handing them over to an enforcement agency that herds people into internment camps and separates families on a daily basis.
Who this this bigot in Midtown Manhattan? What's his name?
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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
Please let Attorney Aaron M. Schlossberg of Midtown Manhattan know I’m trying to get in touch with him. I have a few questions.
If you reach him, ask how often he eats at the Fresh Kitchen next door to his office and if he has a problem with people speaking Spanish there. pic.twitter.com/8pgQ6wZNzi
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 16, 2018
Schlossberg was approached today by journalists on the street and immediately fell apart, devolving into a whining, blubbering, self-victimizing mess. Perhaps it was the first indication by which he realized his life has changed forever due to his hateful behavior. Unfortunately for him, things are about to get much worse.
The Gothamist reports that Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. have officially lodged a grievance with the courts over Schlossberg’s xenophobic harassment. Diaz told Gothamist that he believes a possible disbarment might be the appropriate punishment. The publication also obtained an excerpt of the complaint:
“There is simply no place for the scourge of racism and the vulgarity of bigotry in our great nation. Our country, a nation of immigrants hailing from countries around the globe, who have earnestly and diligently worked to make our nation extraordinary and worked to, as President Lincoln emphasized while quoting the Preamble to the Constitution during his first Inaugural Address, form a more perfect Union.
The egregiousness of bald-faced racism, in all of its ugliness, must be rejected and replaced with the kindness, solidarity and sense of togetherness that has made this great American experiment in democracy a shining example for all the world to see and admire for over two centuries. The audacity to profile and verbally assault innocent bystanders and customers in a public commercial location is a violation of our civil society.
We watched Aaron’s video and we were disgusted. We are filing this formal grievance to the State Grievance Committee because to affirm that such misconduct and behavior will not, and must never be tolerated.”
This is very bad news for Schlossberg. Now that the federal government is involved, it seems highly unlikely he will get out of this scandal unscathed. The national spotlight has turned on him, revealing him for the monster he is, and now the government has come knocking.
Hopefully, the courts take appropriate action against this pathetic excuse for a man. Racists like this should not be allowed to practice law and, judging by his complete failure to offer so much as a tepid apology for his behavior, it appears Schlossberg stands by what he said.