(JTA) — Establishing a connection with a fellow Jew usually doesn’t demand an apology.
But calling that fellow Jew a “bitch” and declaring threateningly and obscenely that “I know where you live” apparently does, especially if you are President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
Marc Kasowitz said Thursday that he would apologize for a series of threatening and profanity-laced emails he sent to a stranger who had suggested that he resign from the president’s defense team in the Russia investigation. Kasowitz said his response to the man was “inappropriate” and that he wished he could take back his words.
The email exchange was first reported by ProPublica in an article suggesting that the lawyer has struggled with a drinking problem and consequently may be unable to get a security clearance.
Kasowitz denied it. But after a reader emailed Kasowitz urging him to quit the Trump case, Kasowitz emailed back torrents of abuse (“F***| you”) and threats (“Watch your back, bitch” and “I already know where you live, I’m on you”).
Kasowitz said Thursday night he will be in touch with his anonymous interlocutor to apologize as a Jew.
“I’m Jewish,” Kasowitz wrote. “I presume you are too. Stop being afraid. Call me.”