DC Lawmaker Under Fire For Blaming Snow on ‘Rothschilds Controlling the Climate’
A D.C. lawmaker is facing criticism after he posted a video blaming snowfall in Washington on the Rothschild family, echoing a long standing anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
The Washington Post first reported the video, posted to Council member Trayon White Sr.’s official Facebook page, which shows the Democrat driving through a snowfall in the capital.
“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation,” White says in the video. “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.”
WaPo provides a handy explanation of what White is referring to in his ramblings:
The Rothschilds are a famous European business dynasty descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, an 18th-century Jewish banker who lived in what is today Frankfurt, Germany. The family has repeatedly been subject over the years to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories alleging that they and other Jews clandestinely manipulate world events for their advantage.
After facing a serious backlash from Jewish groups and lawmakers, as well as a social outcry, White released a statement on Twitter apologizing for his remarks:
I really do apologize. I work very closely with the Jewish community and never want to offend anyone, especially with Anti-Semitic remarks. pic.twitter.com/TvUgf55UeF
— Trayon White (@trayonwhite) March 19, 2018
[image via screengrab]
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