A British CEO has heaped shame on the UK after he launched vile racist abuse at an Asian family yelling "Trump is going to f*** you".
Video of Michael Lofthouse verbally attacking Jordan Chan and her family as they were out celebrating a birthday has gone viral with almost two million people watching the footage.
The Newcastle Business School graduate is seen in a California restaurant calling the group a "f***ing Asian piece of s**t" before an outraged waitress orders him out and bans him for life.
His outburst came as racial divisions burn in the US remain high following the death of George Floyd and the coronavirus pandemic.
Police across the country have reported an increase in hate crimes targeting Asian immigrants and Asian-Americans.
The issue has been fuelled by Donald Trump's xenophobic remarks about Covid-19's origins repeatedly calling it the "Kung flu".
Lofthouse had been sat at a table nearby to the Chans at Bernardus Lodge and Spa's Lucia restaurant in Carmel Valley on Saturday when he launched his tirade.
The video starts with a woman asking Lofthouse what he had just said to them.
He stares at the camera for a few seconds, then extends his middle finger and says, "This is what I say."
He continues: "Trump's gonna f*** you," as he stood up to leave, followed by "You f***ers need to leave.
You f***ers Asian piece of s***".
A waitress immediately shouts at him "No, you do not talk to our guests like that. Get out of here. You are not allowed here. You do not talk to our guests like that."
But Lofthouse continues.
"You f***ing Asian piece of s**t," he shouts before turning to the waitress and saying: "Who are these f***ers?"
She snaps but: "They are valued guests."
Lofthouse, himself an immigrant in the States, replies: "Are they? They are valued guests in America?"
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Chan later wrote on Instagram, the "white supremacist" Brit had begun harassing her family soon after they sang happy birthday to her aunt.
Aside from the racist comments caught on camera, she said he also told them to "go back to whatever fucking Asian country you're from" and that "you don't belong here".
She added on the post that he "had a LOT more to say after I stopped recording".
Lofthouse is the CEO and founder of Silicon Valley tech company Solid8.
He moved to the US in 2010 having, he says, formerly worked for Hewlett-Packard and IBM in the UK.
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Today his LinkedIn account had been deleted, his Twitter account suspended and his Facebook profile removed.
Lofthouse - Lofty to his friends - first lived in New York before moving to San Francisco.
In July 2016, he was convicted of vandalism and charged with domestic battery and damage to a Telephone/Powerline.
The last two charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal which resulted in Lofthouse being sentenced to two days in prison, three years of probation, 80 hours community service and being issued a restraining order.
Lofthouse has issued a grovelling apology for his racist outburst.
He said: "My behaviour in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments.
"I would like to deeply apologise to the Chan family.
"I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel.
"I was taught to respect people of all races, and I will take the time to reflect on my actions and work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day."
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Jordan Chan slammed the 'white supremacist' on Instagram (Image: CEN)
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