D.C. Lawmaker Apologizes for Spreading anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theory

D.C. council member Trayon White Sr. claimed a brief snowfall was caused by 'Rothschilds controlling the climate'

From Trayon White's Facebook page

A Washington, D.C. lawmaker apologized for an anti-Semitic remark on Sunday, hours after claiming a brief snowfall was caused by "Rothschilds controlling the climate," reported The Washington Post.

“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” D.C. council member Trayon White Sr. says in the video as snow flurries fell in the nation's capital.

"And D.C. keep talking about, ‘We 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,” he added.

The Rothschilds are a famous Jewish European business dynasty, descending from 18th century Germany.

According to The Washington Post, Rabbi Daniel Zemel of Temple Micah in Northwest Washington condemned White’s remarks.“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,” Zemel said. “We all have to be better. Public officials have to learn not to say the first ignorant thing that comes into their head.”

Haaretz reported that anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. surged 76 percent in the first half of 2017, according to the head of the Anti-Defamation League. 

However, about four hours after The Washington Post published the story online, White sent a statement of apology via text message.

“I work hard everyday to combat racism and prejudices of all kinds. I want to apologize to the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended,” White wrote. “The Jewish community have been allies with me in my journey to help people. I did not intend to be anti-Semitic, and I see I should not have said that after learning from my colleagues.”

White stated that the Jewish progressive group, Jews United for Justice, was "helping" him "understand the history of comments made against Jews," and added that he is "committed to figuring out ways" to continue "to be allies with them and others.

Another D.C. council member, Brianne K. Nadeau, who is Jewish,  released a statement Sunday night saying White had apologized. "It is my sincere hope that my colleague has learned from this experience, and that together we can serve the diverse people of the District of Columbia with a focus on lifting each other up, rather than tearing one another down,” Nadeau said.