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Lawyer Who Said He’d Call ICE on Spanish Speakers Apologizes, Says He’s ‘Not Racist’

The man who went after a customer and restaurant employee speaking Spanish in New York City and was later revealed to be a lawyer named Aaron M. Schlossberg has issued an apology on Twitter.

Schlossberg said he wanted everyone to know he’s “not racist” and that this is not who he is as a person.

“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,” he said. “I see my words and actions hurt people, and for that I am deeply sorry.”

“What the video did not convey is the real me,” he continued. “I am not a racist.”

He then said one of the reasons he moved to New York is because of its diversity.

As noted previously, Schlossberg was recorded six days ago saying things about a customer and employee who were speaking Spanish such as: “My guess is they’re not documented,” “I pay for their welfare,” “the least they can do is speak English,” and, “I’m calling ICE.”

While Schlossberg claims the video does not reflect the person he is, it’s worth mentioning that this was not the first video of him verbally abusing people because of their citizenship status.

Willie Morris went public with a video from 2016 showing Schlossberg calling him an “ugly f***ing foreigner.” Morris said he is from Massachusetts.

There was another video of Schlossberg vehemently defending President Donald Trump‘s comments about Mexicans.

“He didn’t call Mexicans rapists. He said the people coming over here are rapists. But it’s true, you idiot!” he said. “Some of them are! Some of them are!”

“You’re fat and ugly. That’s losing, that’s losing. Do I like I’m losing to you? I’m winning at life, you’re losing. I’m smart,” Schlossberg can be seen and heard saying in the video.

It’s also worth mentioning that former law school classmates at The Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University Law School recognized him as his outburst went viral and weren’t surprised by his behavior.

Schlossberg’s statement came days after he was witnessed running away from reporters.

[Image via Facebook screengrab]

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.