A Washington D.C. lawmaker pushed a conspiracy theory on Friday that a well-known Jewish banking dynasty uses “climate manipulation” to control the weather.
Democrat D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr., Ward-8, posted a video to his official Facebook page on Friday morning as it began snowing in the District. The video, shot through the windshield of a car driving shows downtown D.C., amid snowy skies.
“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,” he added. “Be careful.”
The Rothschilds are a European Jewish family that once possessed the largest private fortune in the world. Their banking businesses provided the financing for government projects such as the Suez Canal. Their wealth and influence has made them the subject of several conspiracy theories, most of which are anti-Semitic.
After facing a serious backlash from Jewish groups and lawmakers, as well as a social outcry, White released a statement on Twitter apologizing to “the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended”:
“I did not intend to be Anti-Semitic [sic], and I see I should not have said that after learning from my colleagues,” White said. He added that he was working to “understand the history of comment [sic] made against Jews.”
White was elected to the D.C. city council in 2016. He represents Ward 8 in the city, the seat once held by controversial former Mayor Marion Barry.