WASHINGTON — City Councilman Trayon White is running for mayor of the nation’s capital regardless of going through accusations of anti-Semitism for praising Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan — and for saying that the Jewish Rothschild household controls the weather.
White represents DC’s Ward 8, the previous dwelling of Marion Barry, who received a 3rd time period as mayor in 1994 regardless of spending six months in jail after a crack-cocaine sting wherein he exclaimed, “Bitch set me up.”
“I’m running,” he wrote on Instagram. “Join me.” He confirmed his plans to native journalists.
The councilman confronted intense criticism in 2018 for saying he was involved about “climate manipulation” by a outstanding Jewish banking household.
“DC 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,” White said.
When native Jewish leaders expressed concern, White booked an academic tour of the DC Holocaust Museum — however then created a brand new scandal by disappearing halfway through the tour. An aide to White allegedly likened the Warsaw Ghetto to “a gated community” whereas on the museum.
White additionally stoked outrage for his defiant assist for Farrakhan, together with donating $500 from his constituent providers fund to assist finance a Chicago occasion the place the black separatist denounced Jews. In 2013, White tweeted that he was “honored” to share a birthday with Farrakhan.
Bowser, 49, was re-elected to a second time period in 2018 with greater than 76 % of the vote, however she faces strain from her political left within the lopsidedly Democratic metropolis and nationwide ridicule for alleged COVID-19 hypocrisy.
Bowser is contemplating in search of a 3rd time period in 2022, however could face a crowded Democratic major.
Last 12 months, Bowser outraged anti-police brutality activists by imposing a 7 p.m. curfew after protests and rioting following the homicide of George Floyd by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin. Thousands disobeyed her rule and native cops mass-arrested about 200 individuals on June 1.
As protesters turned their anger towards Bowser, she deftly modified the subject 4 days later by portray the phrases “Black Lives Matter” on a avenue close to the White House, jabbing at then-President Donald Trump and incomes important media consideration.
Some activists decried Bowser’s street art as “performative as hell” and added their very own painted “Defund the Police” message to the roadway, but it surely was paved over about two months later.
When violent crime, together with murders and carjackings, spiked in DC over the previous 12 months, Bowser requested $11 million in elevated police funding to rent 170 new cops. The metropolis council slashed the request in August and accepted $5 million extra.
Bowser in July earned nationwide ridicule when she introduced an “emergency” indoor masks mandate for native companies, however delayed its taking impact after her personal mask-free indoor party with comic Dave Chappelle. Bowser was photographed the subsequent day with no masks throughout an indoor wedding ceremony reception.