Washington, D.C., council member Trayon White was taken on a private tour of D.C.’s Holocaust Museum, as part of his apology tour for previously saying that the Rothschild family controlled the weather.
But after making some bizarre comments, he left early and waited on the sidewalk outside the museum until his aides finished the tour.
Why did White get in trouble in the first place?
In a Facebook video posted on March 16, White said:
“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man. Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. 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.”
The Rothschilds, a wealthy Jewish family, are a favorite target of conspiracy theorists who accuse them of being behind major world events and even having the ability to manipulate the weather. “Resilient cities” is a term used in one of these weather-based Rothschild conspiracy theories.
At first, White defended his video, responding dismissively “the video says what it says” when questioned about it by The Washington Post. He later deleted the video and said that he “did not intend” to be anti-Semitic.
What happened at the Holocaust Museum?
As part of what essentially amounted to an apology tour, White and some of his aides were taken on a private tour of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The Washington Post described what happened next:
“The photo, taken in 1935, depicts a woman in a dark dress shuffling down a street in Norden, Germany. A large sign hangs from her neck: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew.” She is surrounded by Nazi stormtroopers.
“D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) studied the image. ‘Are they protecting her?’”
After his tour guide corrected him and informed him that they were “marching her through,” White doubled down on his original assumption, insisting “marching through is protecting.”
The tour guide had to explain again, “I think they’re humiliating her.”
White continued to make comments that showed a baffling lack of understanding about the Holocaust. In front of a photo of a Nazi firing squad executing Polish Catholic clergy, White asked, “were they actually manufacturing these weapons?”
Where did the council member go?
Partway through the tour, White disappeared. He texted Rabbi Batya Glazer of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington who had organized the event and had been on the tour with him, saying that he had to leave for an event in his ward, but that he’d see her outside the museum.
Left on their own, White’s aides apparently lacked knowledge about the Holocaust just as he did. At an exhibit about the infamous Warsaw Ghetto in Poland, one aide asked if it was similar to a “gated community.”
The rabbi quickly corrected this bizarre question. ““Yeah, I wouldn’t call it a gated community. More like a prison.”
When the tour finished and the group went back outside, White was still standing on the sidewalk nearby. He gave no explanation as to why he had bailed on the tour early, but described it as “an awesome experience.”
“This opportunity has given me the chance to meet a lot of great Jews, a lot of people. A lot of good Jews that I’ve never had the chance to meet before,” he said.