The Trump administration rejected a $500 million federal aid request from Minnesota after Democrat Governor Tim Walz and Minneapolis Democrat Mayor Jacob Frey allowed rioters to nearly burn down the city in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
“Walz, a Democrat, requested that Trump declare Minnesota a ‘major disaster’ zone in a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on July 2 after more than 1,500 buildings were damaged by looting and rioting in the wake of Floyd’s death, totaling over $500 million in damages,” The Washington Examiner reported.
“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” Walz said in a statement at the start of the month. “We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”
After Floyd’s death, violent left-wing rioters attacked Minneapolis’s 3rd Precinct station and Frey ordered the police to stand down and retreat.
Governor Walz responded to President Donald Trump’s decision to reject his bailout request for the damage caused by the weeks-long violent rioting in Minneapolis in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Walz was widely criticized for his slow reaction to the violence, particularly by President Trump.
“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” Walz’s office said in a statement.
Republican Rep. Tom Emmer, elected by Minnesota’s 6th congressional district, lobbied the president to reject the aid, the Examiner noted.
“If the federal government is expected to assist in the clean-up of these unfortunate weeks, it has an obligation to every American — prior to the release of funding — to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again,” Rep. Emmer said in a letter to the administration.
Though Walz was displeased, conservatives strongly agreed with the move as they did not want to reward the type of lawlessness that these Democrat leaders allowed.
Conservative author and host Mark Levin praised the president for rejecting the bailout. “Great decision,” he said via Twitter.
“The president offered the National Guard but the pathetic governor waited and waited. And now the Minneapolis city council votes to abolish its police department. Pay for your own man-made hell. So much for utopia.”
“Wise,” Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor for Team Trump, called the move. “You want to defund police and let the woke mob run wild, do it on your own dime, Gov. You should have asked the President for help BEFORE you incurred this much damage.”
South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan celebrated the decision by saying, “Great news! [Donald Trump] has DENIED Minnesota’s disaster request to repair half a billion dollars in damage from the riots.”
“Governors and Mayors who ordered police to stand down and watch their cities burn shouldn’t get a penny in taxpayer aid!”
The Minneapolis city government, which is controlled by Democrats, has repeatedly demonized police officers and members of the city council have advocated for defunding the police department in recent weeks amid the rise in violence.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender was asked by CNN following the Democrats’ calls for defunding the police department what people should do if their homes are broken into.
Bender later struggled in a separate interview on CNN to explain what should happen in a killer was running around on the loose shooting people.