iJódete, id­iota!

New York’s mes­sage to bigot who yelled at women for speak­ing Span­ish in restau­rant:

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAURA DI­MON, EDGAR SAN­DOVAL and LARRY McSHANE

(For all those English-only fa­nat­ics, that’s ‘Screw you, id­iot’)

Lawyer Aaron Schloss­berg dur­ing his rant against peo­ple speak­ing Span­ish at a Mid­town restau­rant, as he threat­ened to call ICE on them. Ugly scene was cap­tured on video.

A FEW WORDS of Span­ish un­leashed a tor­rent of hate speech from a racist, rant­ing Man­hat­tan lawyer.

The Madi­son Ave. melt­down by at­tor­ney Aaron Schloss­berg in­cluded a threat to sic fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials on work­ers at a Mid­town restau­rant — be­cause they failed to speak English in his pres­ence.

“He heard us speak Span­ish and started yelling, ‘You moth­erf---ers!’ ” re­counted Os­car Vil­lanueva, a Hon­duran im­mi­grant and em­ployee of Fresh Kitchen.

“He said we have to speak English,” con­tin­ued Vil­lanueva. “He started say­ing a lot of ugly words . . . . We felt re­ally bad, hu­mil­i­ated.”

A vi­ral video of the Tues­day lunchtime ex­plo­sion cap­tured the xeno­pho­bic Schloss­berg an­nounc­ing the em­ploy­ees were in “my coun­try” be­fore in­vok­ing the threat of de­por­ta­tion.

“My guess is they’re not doc­u­mented,” Schloss­berg an­nounced loudly about the staff. “So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my coun­try. If they have the balls to come here and live off my money — I pay for their wel­fare, I pay for their abil­ity to be here — the least they can do is speak English.”

Schloss­berg, 42, is a reg­is­tered Repub­li­can and 2016 donor of $500 to Pres­i­dent Trump’s cam­paign. His com­pany bio claims he is flu­ent in Span­ish and con­ver­sa­tional in French. The bul­ly­ing bar­ris­ter’s iden­tity was ex­posed and his rep­u­ta­tion trashed less than 24 hours after his na­tivis­tic nat­ter­ings. He dis­ap­peared Wed­nes­day with­out com­ment on the mess, al­though in­ter­net trolls un­loaded on Schloss­berg as his of­fen­sive opin­ions ripped through cy­berspace. Hun­dreds of posters from across the U.S. whacked his law firm with one-star re­views or posted in­sult­ing pho­tos. “Your (sic) a dis­gust­ing piece of s--t, hope­fully your law firm closes. You de­serve to be job­less. Amer­ica doesnt have room for ig­no­rant racist f---s like u, es­pe­cially in a court

room. Go to hell, i wish you and your firm the worst luck !!!!! ” read one post on Yelp.

For­mer City Coun­cil Speaker Melissa Mark-Viver­ito tweeted in Span­ish that the video “demon­strates how ig­no­rant you are and makes clear you sup­port the pol­i­tics of Trump to de­stroy our fam­i­lies.”

A Change.org pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing his dis­bar­ment had 2,100 sig­na­tures Wed­nes­day night, while an­other on­line pe­ti­tion call­ing for dis­ci­pline from the state bar as­so­ci­a­tion col­lected about 1,600 sig­na­tures.

An­other video that emerged on­line ap­par­ently shows a curs­ing Schloss­berg stand­ing with Trump sup­port­ers last year at a rally protest­ing a Pales­tinian speaker in Man­hat­tan.

Cus­tomer Deena Suazo, 34, a lo­cal med­i­cal re­cep­tion­ist, said she had just or­dered her lunch in Span­ish when Schloss­berg ex­ploded.

She watched in dis­be­lief as he screamed at a counter worker to “give me my f---ing sand­wich!” Suazo, who has Puerto Ri­can roots, was rocked by the hate-fu­eled out­burst.

“It’s dis­gust­ing to me, in this day and age, that peo­ple think it’s OK to walk around and be dis­re­spect­ful and racist,” she said. “The United States is made of all cul­tures and eth­nic­i­ties.”

Schloss­berg fur­ther de­meaned the em­ploy­ees by an­nounc­ing he was more ed­u­cated than any of them.

The video­taped por­tion of Schloss­berg’s vol­canic tirade be­gan with the lawyer lec­tur­ing the store man­ager about bilin­gual work­ers speak­ing in Span­ish.

“Your staff is speak­ing Span­ish to cus­tomers when they should be speak­ing English,” he barks. “This is Amer­ica. Your staff should be speak­ing English, OK?”

The fum­ing man then in­formed the man­ager that he planned to fol­low up by con­tact­ing U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment for a pos­si­ble raid on the restau­rant.

The man­ager told the Daily News that Schloss­berg, clutch­ing a cell phone, lost his mind after Suazo and the store worker chat­ted in Span­ish.

“It’s no big deal,” agreed Suazo, a reg­u­lar at the restau­rant. “I speak Span­ish and English. And I just might feel more com­fort­able or­der­ing in Span­ish.”

The man­ager said he was in­fu­ri­ated by the cus­tomer’s re­marks but re­fused to re­spond in a sim­i­lar fash­ion.

“He’s a cus­tomer, so I had to stay pro­fes­sional and ask him to leave,” the man­ager said. “That’s what I did.”

The front desk at Schloss­berg’s Madi­son Ave. of­fice build­ing shooed away all vis­i­tors at his re­quest, and the phones in the of­fice were turned off.

A per­son an­swer­ing the phone at his Man­hat­tan res­i­dence hung up with­out a word Wed­nes­day.

An on­line fund-raiser, launched by a man named Mark Gold­berg, col­lected nearly $800 to rent a mari­achi band Thurs­day to play “La Cu­caracha” “to cheer up the staff and at­tor­neys at The Law Of­fice of Aaron M. Schloss­berg Esq. . . . after a dif­fi­cult day.”

Aaron Schloss­berg blows his top at the man­ager of Fresh Kitchen (in­set be­low) in Mid­town after em­ploy­ees and a cus­tomer were speak­ing Span­ish. Worker Os­car Vil­lanueva (fac­ing page, bot­tom) said out­burst made him feel “re­ally bad.”

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