The Washington, D.C. city councilman who told his social media followers that Jewish people control weather made a number of troubling remarks during a tour of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum he took Thursday as part of his mea culpa for the anti-semitic conspiracy mongering, .
Trayon White (D., Ward 8), who posted a Facebook video in March suggesting that a cabal of Jewish financiers manipulates weather patterns to exercise control over urban areas, made a number of insensitive remarks to his guide before inexplicably leaving the tour half way through to stand outside the museum, according to the Washington Post.
While examining a picture of a girl walking through a crowd surrounded by German soldiers while wearing a sign that read “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew,” White asked the tour guide, “are they protecting her.”
“No,” the guide said. “They’re marching her through.”
“Marching through is protecting,” White responded.
“I think they’re humiliating her,” the guide rebutted.
Roughly 45 minutes into the 90 minute tour White abruptly left and was spotted standing outside on the street for the remainder of the visit. His staff told the tour guide he had to leave early to attend an event in Ward 8.
Once White departed, a member of his staff suggested that a picture of the Warsaw ghetto resembled “a gated community.”
“Yeah, I wouldn’t call it a gated community,” Rabbi Batya Glazer of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, who was accompanying the tour group, said. “More like a prison.”
After the tour, Glazer praised White for his willingness to appear but was confused about his abrupt exit.
“I do not know what happened, and I find it confusing,” she said.
“I’ll be coming back to see more of the museum. I didn’t get a chance to see the whole thing,” White said when asked why he left early. “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.”