Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spiraling controversy over anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories has roiled the Washington city government, seemingly getting worse with every public attempt to ease the tensions.

The issue nearly derailed a City Council meeting Tuesday morning and resulted in the resignation of a city official who organized a disastrous “unity rally” that featured a speaker who called all Jews “termites.”

At the heart of the debacle is City Councilman Trayon White, who posted a video on Facebook in March claiming that an unexpected snowfall was because of “the Rothschilds controlling the climate to create natural disasters.”

Fellow council members and Jewish community leaders accused him of spreading an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about Jewish control of world events.

White said he was unaware the Rothschild theory could be construed as anti-Semitic.