The Democratic Washington, D.C. council member who elicited a firestorm of criticism in March when he suggested on a Facebook video that Jews control the weather had a strange reaction when he visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday: he left halfway through the 90-minute tour.
D.C. Councilmember Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) had stated on the video, "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 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."
On Wednesday, White who was accompanied by his staff, which had closed the office early to join him, had a hard time understanding the images from the Holocaust, according to The Washington Post. Standing in front of a picture showing a woman surrounded by Nazi stormtroopers with a sign hanging from her neck reading, “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew,” White asked, “Are they protecting her?”
Lynn Williams, White’s tour guide for the day, gently pointed out, “No. They’re marching her through.” White was still unclear, saying, “Marching through is protecting.” Williams pointed out, “I think they’re humiliating her.”
Williams tried to explain the Nazis’ race propaganda to White, who is black. When the group reached photos of German troops executing Catholic clergy in Poland by firing squad, White asked, “Were they actually manufacturing these weapons?” Soon after that, he was gone, missing the scale model of a gas chamber, photos of the residents of a shtetl that was eliminated, and the famous exhibit of shoes ripped from concentration-camp prisoners.
Rabbi Batya Glazer of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington texted White to find him; he answered that he hoped to see her outside the museum but he had an appointment in Ward 8. Meanwhile, some of White’s staff members stayed with the guide. Shown an exhibit of the Warsaw Ghetto and the walls built to imprison the Jewish community, one aide asked if it was akin to “a gated community.” Glazer responded, “Yeah, I wouldn’t call it a gated community. More like a prison.”
White was later found alone on the sidewalk outside. He said, “I’ll be coming back to see more of the museum. I didn’t get a chance to see the whole thing. But I think it’s a lot of education here, a lot of synergy here between what happened to the Jewish community and the African community.” When he was asked if his perspective on the Rothschilds had changed, he replied, “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. it’s an awesome experience.”