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Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 10:05 am

The baffling case of Trayon White, the District of Columbia City Council member who reacted to a light snowfall by blaming it on climate change caused by “the Rothschilds,” provides an opportunity for those involved to take thoughtful next steps. That goes for White — who apparently had no idea he was voicing a hoary anti-Semitic canard and, just as worrying, actually believed that individuals or small groups could control the weather. But it’s also a test for individual Jews and Jewish organizations to show some nuance in responding to an incident that pushed a lot of buttons at the same time.

White, who was elected to the council in 2016 as a successor to the late Marion Barry, seemed surprised at the negative reaction to his words in a video he posted on Facebook. “The video says what it says,” he texted The Washington Post, which broke the story. He later told the Washington City Paper that his comment was meant as a joke.

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