A Washington, D.C. councilman who blamed Jews for snow last month took a tour of a Holocaust museum that went about as badly as expected.
D.C. Council member Trayon White left in the middle of a scheduled tour of Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum on Thursday, doing little to improve his anti-Semitic image. White was found standing alone on the sidewalk outside the museum halfway through the 90 minute tour, according to The Washington Post.
Last month, the Democrat representing Ward 8 sparked an outcry after suggesting that wealthy Jews caused a snowstorm.
“Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere this morning, man,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “Y’all better pay attention to this climate control, man, this climate manipulation. 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.”
When he was present at the tour Thursday, White seemed to have some trouble understanding some of the images he saw. A 1935 photo depicted a German woman being marched through the streets of Norden surrounded by Nazi stormtroopers and wearing a sign from her neck: “I am a German girl and allowed myself to be defiled by a Jew.”
“Are they protecting her?” Ward asked tour guide, Lynn Williams.
“No,” she said. “They’re marching her through.”
“Marching through is protecting,” White replied.
“I think they’re humiliating her,” Williams answered.
Oh my. https://t.co/vpgARKXxI9
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) April 19, 2018
Oh…. Oh My God https://t.co/5QuwFnxraW
— lauren ??♀️ (@LilMissRightie) April 19, 2018
A little later in the tour, White and his staff stopped at a photo of Catholic clergy in Poland being executed by a German firing squad. “Were they actually manufacturing these weapons?” White asked.
He disappeared moments later.
He told Rabbi Batya Glazer, who was on the tour and texted to him to find out where he went, that he hoped to meet her outside but was about to leave for a Ward 8 event, the Washington Post reported.
White’s seven remaining staff members continued the tour without him but apparently didn’t fare much better with their interpretation of the images. When viewing an exhibit on the Warsaw Ghetto, the rabbi explained the walling in of Polish Jews, prompting one of White’s aides to ask if it was similar to “a gated community.”
“Yeah, I wouldn’t call it a gated community,” Glazer responded. “More like a prison.”
I especially liked the idea that the Warsaw Ghetto was a “gated community”. If a writer put a fool like @trayonwhite in a script, the character would be thrown out as too implausible. https://t.co/m0sLo6uHyL
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) April 19, 2018
At the end of the tour, the rabbi graciously praised the councilman for being “very sincere in wanting to come here,” but admitted he still didn’t understanding his 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 he was found staning by himself outside of the museum. “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.”
According to The Washington Post:
Asked why he left the tour halfway and where he went, he said nothing and held his cellphone to his ear.
Asked whether he had reassessed his comments about the Rothschilds in light of what he had just seen, White walked east on Independence Avenue.
“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,” he said after a long silence. “It’s an awesome experience.”
Twitter users found White’s behavior and ignorance “stunning and disturbing.”
This is unbelieveable. I’m conflicted on my feelings about him leaving early. On the one hand, he was obviously not getting it, but on the other hand perhaps it would have learned something. Protecting her… Gated community… OMG. https://t.co/Z2D2iZZItO
— (Mostly)CivilClient8Mom (@Civilmom) April 19, 2018
I just. How can one person be SO thick? I’m beginning to think he doesn’t have the ability to be anti-Semitic because the comprehension is just not there. At all. https://t.co/2SNoomXJm2
— Tawdry PrEPburn (@ThatDisasterGay) April 19, 2018
You wanna talk about failure of education systems? No human on this earth who has access to information in the way the US does should misunderstand the horrors of the holocaust. There is no gray area. https://t.co/qKh4uy4Fvy
— Natalie Lowry (@nalowry) April 19, 2018
This is seriously stunning and disturbing. https://t.co/6lKphddOoW
— Katie Watson (@kathrynw5) April 19, 2018
PROTIP: Do not argue that maybe the Nazis were protecting their victims with the guide at the HOLOCAUST MUSEUM. https://t.co/zLxqWJ1YHq
— A Serious Monkey (@VitruvianMonkey) April 19, 2018
Free advice for any pol who has to visit the Holocaust Museum to prove he’s not anti-semitic: Just assume the Nazis are the bad guys in all the exhibits. https://t.co/jd4QBYk5Eq
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) April 19, 2018
Many people are not educated about the Holocaust, but it’s stunning anyone — especially an elected official — would essentially blow it off when given a chance https://t.co/PZKxlUlDtL
— Jordan Fabian (@Jordanfabian) April 19, 2018
Good grief. Just another reminder: never assume the people in charge actually know anything about anything. https://t.co/aGgYZu1bfj
— The Goche (@TheGoche) April 19, 2018
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