Aaron M. Schlossberg lambasted the manager of Fresh Kitchen on Madison Avenue, in Manhattan for allowing his staff to speak Spanish in ‘my country’ and raged about ‘paying for their welfare’ in a video filmed on Tuesday.
Although the 42-year-old attorney, a registered Republican who has donated to Donald Trump, owns his own commercial law firm, boasts of being fluent in Spanish in his own work biography, he was still heard raging at the restaurant employee’s boss: ‘Your staff are speaking Spanish to customers when they should be speaking English – this is America,’ he ranted at the Fresh Kitchen manager.
Aaron Schlossberg, [center], and other Trump supporters go after a Rabbi at a May 2017 rally
In the background other customers can be heard calling him ‘ignorant’ and saying ‘yes, this is America’.
‘I will be following up because my guess is there not documented and my next call will be to ICE,’ Schlossberg says.
‘I will get each of them will be kicked out of my country.
‘I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here. The least they can do is speak English.’
Worked up, Schlossberg also mocked a woman eating a sandwich: ‘Maybe you shouldn’t eat that sandwich… maybe you should take a break from the food,’he told her.
The lawyer began his rant after seeing a lunchtime regular speaking Spanish with a Hispanic employee, the manager later explained.
‘They were speaking Spanish because they are friends,’ he said. ‘He got mad, waiting in line for his food.
‘He’s a customer, so I had to stay professional and ask him to leave. That’s what I did.’
NYU legal ethics professor Stephen Gillers said lawyers like Schlossberg can be disbarred
for conduct outside work, but predicted he would only receive a ‘private admonition’. ‘Mr. Schlossberg could be disciplined for this conduct but it will not lead to disbarment,’ Gillers told Forward.
‘A lawyer can be disciplined for conduct even if the conduct is unrelated to work for a client.
‘Factors a disciplinary committee will consider in deciding what if any discipline is warranted include extenuating circumstances and whether Mr. Schlossberg has prior discipline.
‘If he does not, I think the most serious discipline he could face would be a private admonition if he has a clean record. That means the discipline will not become public.’ Schlossberg attended the George Washington University Law School, according to his
LinkedIn, which noted he studied abroad in Madrid while at college.
As well as fluent Spanish, Schlossberg claims to be able to speak French, Hebrew and Mandarin Chinese.