Democrat Trayon White -- a member of the Washington D.C. council -- issued an apology on Sunday for blaming a snow storm on the Rothschild banking dynasty, which resides in England. On Instagram, White apologized to "the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended." White was referring to comments he made in a Facebook video that was recorded on Friday through the windshield of a vehicle while driving through Washington during a snow squall.
White said in the video, “Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man," adding, "Y'all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation." He went on to say, "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." White added, "Be careful."
The Rothschild banking fortune was founded by Mayer Amschel Rothschild in the late 1700s in Germany, who was a Jew of the minor German nobility. His descendants went on to become nobles in the United Kingdom and the Holy Roman Empires. The Rothschild banking business provided financing for projects that include the Suez Canal, making the family the target of anti-Semitic speculation and conspiracy theories.
On Instagram, White wrote:
We spoke with @trayonwhite tonight about how his comments played into the long history of antisemitism. We look forward to working with him toward deeper understanding of antisemitism and toward our collective liberation.— JUFJ (@jufj) March 19, 2018
- “In response to the social media post made on Friday, as a leader 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. 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. I have spoke to leaders and my friends at Jews United for Justice and they are helping me to understand the history of comments made against Jews and I am committed to figuring out ways continue to be allies with them and others.”
Elected to the D.C. city council in 2016, White represents Ward 8, which is a seat once held by controversial former Mayor Marion Barry.
I will be in Wilson Building all day if you want to converse. I’m not ducking anyone. Come see me. #LoveMore!— Trayon White (@trayonwhite) March 19, 2018