D.C. City Councilmember Trayon White apologized, saying he did not know it was anti-Semitic to accuse wealthy Jewish families of controlling the weather, the World Bank, and the United States federal government.
Washington, D.C., was thrust back into the national news in recent days -- and for all the wrong reasons ...
District of Columbia City Councilman Trayon White, representing Ward 8, became national news when a cell phone video he shot went viral. In that video, White is heard blaming D.C.'s March snowfall on the "Rothschilds." While the video was taken down off of the councilman's Facebook page, the transcript lives on in infamy.
"It just started snowing out of nowhere this morning. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control,” White said in the video. “It’s climate manipulation and D.C. keep talking about ‘We are a resilient city,’ and that’s a model based off the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.”
The remarks immediately drew criticism for being anti-Semitic. Conspiracy theorists regularly point to the Rothschilds -- a wealthy Jewish banking family -- as being responsible for any number of calamities. However, accusing the family of controlling the weather was definitely a new charge.
Jewish rabbis immediately condemned White's comments.
“This kind of anti-Semitism is unacceptable in any public official. This so diminishes what America is about and adds to the oppressive feeling going on in the country right now," proclaimed Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Northwest Washington.
When the video originally started gaining steam, the Washington Post reached out to White for comment. "The video says what it says," he first responded.
But as it started to go viral and more and more people began condemning it, White was forced to issue a lengthy apology.
"I want to apologize to the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended," White published on his social media accounts. "I did not intend to be anti-Semitic, and I see I should not have said that after learning from my colleagues."
While local Jewish leaders met with the councilman and largely accepted his apology, it was quickly revealed that this was not the first time that White had alleged a grand Jewish conspiracy to control key facets of our lives. At the mayor's council breakfast on February 27, White also accused the Rothschilds of controlling the World Bank and, of course, the United States federal government.
"There’s this whole concept with the Rothschilds — control the World Bank, as we all know — infusing dollars into major cities. They really pretty much control the federal government, and now they have this concept called resilient cities in which they are using their money and influence into local cities."
Many are doubting that the Councilman could promote so many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories without understanding what he was saying was anti-Semitic.
Ironically, next week's council breakfast will be held with local Jewish leaders. It is unclear whether the city council will take any formal action against White for his statements.
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