WASHINGTON — City Councilman Trayon White is working for mayor of the nation’s capital regardless of dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism for praising Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan — and for saying that the Jewish Rothschild household controls the climate.
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.
White, 37, not too long ago rankled native Democrats by being the lone vote against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for metropolis councilmen and their employees.
The councilman confronted intense criticism in 2018 for saying that he was involved about “climate manipulation” by a distinguished Jewish banking household.
“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,” White mentioned.
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 p.c of the vote, however she faces stress from her political left within the lopsidedly Democratic metropolis and nationwide ridicule for alleged COVID-19 hypocrisy.
Bowser is contemplating searching for a 3rd time period in 2022, however could face a crowded Democratic main.
Last yr, 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 message “Defund the Police” to the roadway, however it was paved over about two months later.
When violent crime, together with murders and carjackings, spiked in DC over the previous yr, Bowser requested $11 million in elevated police funding to rent 170 new cops. The metropolis council slashed the request in August and accredited $5 million extra.
Bowser in July earned nationwide ridicule when she introduced an “emergency” indoor masks mandate for native companies, however delayed it to take effect after her personal mask-free indoor celebration with comic Dave Chappelle. Bowser was photographed the subsequent day with out a masks throughout an indoor wedding ceremony reception.