A D.C. Council member who made nationwide headlines in 2018 after suggesting that Jewish financiers control the weather is now running for mayor within the district.

Ward 8 Council member Trayon White Sr., a Democrat, is throwing his hat within the ring to probably unseat Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has not but introduced whether or not she intends to hunt one other time period.

“He has a tremendous amount of support coming his way because he is willing to speak out for and advocate for those who need the leadership the most,” an adviser for White told local media Wednesday.

He is to not be confused with Robert White, a progressive Democrat who can be running for D.C. mayor.

Trayon White sparked a firestorm in March of 2018 after he filmed himself driving via downtown Washington as snowflakes fell on his windshield and ranted about “climate manipulation.”


“And D.C. keep talking about, ‘We’re 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,” he said within the now-deleted video. “Be careful.”

The Rothschilds, a European Jewish banking household descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, have been the topic of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories for centuries, together with that they control the world’s monetary establishments and manipulate world occasions to their profit.

White initially defended his feedback, saying, “The video says what it says,” however he later apologized to the Jewish neighborhood.

“I want to apologize to the Jewish Community and anyone I have offended,” Mr. White tweeted on the time. “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.”

In addition to his feedback concerning the Rothschilds, White additionally tweeted at distinguished anti-Semitic Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan in 2013 and said he was “honored” to share a birthday with Farrakhan, including, “I must respect his intelligence, will, & boldness.”

White would later come underneath hearth in 2018 after it was reported that he donated $500 to a Nation of Islam conference in Chicago the place Farrakhan attacked “powerful Jews” as his enemy and made different disparaging feedback. 

“I am not resigning, I’m not backing down, I’m not discouraged, I’m not depressed, so run all the media stories you want because my people are going to support me,” White said on the time when confronted with backlash. 

News of White’s candidacy was first reported by Washington City Paper.

“Got some things I’m considering and working out,” he instructed the paper Wednesday.