A Washington, D.C., lawmaker apologized on Sunday after he posted a video promoting a conspiracy theory that the weather is controlled by Jewish financiers.
“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,” Councilman Trayon White Sr. (D) said in a statement to The Washington Post.
“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," he continued.
White had posted a video of snowfall on Friday saying it was caused by the Rothschilds, a famous European Jewish banking family. A conspiracy theory suggests that the Rothschilds are causing global warming.
“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 said in a video on his official Facebook page. “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 video prompted backlash, with one Washington rabbi saying it contributed to the growing intolerant environment in the U.S.
“This kind of anti-Semitism is unacceptable in any public official. This so diminishes what America is about and adds to the oppressive feeling going on in the country right now,” Rabbi Daniel Zemel told the Post.
The incident comes as other politicians have faced backlash for their ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has drawn criticism recently after a speech full of anti-Semitic remarks.