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Subway Rider Who Attacked Trans Woman: "Don't Judge Me"

Sarah Eldridge

Sarah Eldridge will not apologize for her transphobic tirade on a New York subway.

A video of Eldridge yelling hateful slurs and physically attacking transgender activist Pearl Love went viral last week. It has garnered hundreds of thousands of views after Love posted it to Facebook, in order to educate the public about the everyday abuse experienced by trans women.

"Don't judge me unless you know me," Eldridge shot back in an interview with WPIX, a New York television station.

"When I stepped on the train, I sat down and I had an attitude because I was robbed earlier that week in the Bronx," explained Eldridge, who stood by her vicious behavior.

"I meant what I said. That person offended me in a way," Eldridge said of Love. "That person was, to me, explicit. To me, too much. To me, I couldn't stand it. To me, this is not fair to me."

Since its posting, the video attracted the attention of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who called ongoing trans discrimination "a rebuke to all of us" in the Facebook comments.

"Every single person deserves to be safe and live free from discrimination and cruelty, period," Clinton wrote on Love's page. "And transgender people need to hear from every one of us that you are loved, respected, and deserving of equality under the law. Know that you have my support, and I'm on your side."

Eldridge, who said she would "need time" to consider apologizing to Love, is seeking counseling and therapy after the video's posting, which she said sparked a slew of death threats.

"They want to kill me and I have deactivated my Facebook at this point. I've called police," she said.

Watch the video below.

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