Just when I think that democrats can’t be more hypocritical… another democrat goes above and beyond his party.
Tim Walz, governor of Minnesota, has requested that President Trump declare a federal disaster in his state, and that U.S. taxpayers foot the bill for the massive destruction carried out by rioters, looters, and anarchists there.
Given that he did nothing to actually stop the lawlessness, the demand seems both hypocritical and disgusting to many.
AND, this is happening while Minneapolis is defunding police and the state recently bypassed the law to eliminate voter protections. Oh yeah, another Minnesota town has ditched the pledge of allegiance… so why should the federal government and the “republic for which it stands” pay ANYTHING?
“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,” Walz said in a statement Thursday. “Together, we will rebuild.”
He also appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for financial assistance to help cover the cost of debris removal, emergency measures and damage to public buildings and equipment.
“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” he said.
Walz’s office estimates the cost of the damage to more than 1,500 businesses in Minneapolis and St. Paul at over $500 million.
Fires caused at least $15 million in damages to public infrastructure that Walz’s office said it could be eligible to receive reimbursement from the federal government.
“We are committed to helping our communities rebuild, but we can’t do this on our own,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan. “While state, tribal, and local budgets are stretched thin by COVID-19, we need everyone to step up, including the federal government, to restore safety and critical infrastructure to our communities.”
The governor’s office said it has fully mobilized the Minnesota National Guard for the first time since World War II to restore order after protests over Floyd’s death devolved into chaos. [Finally!]
Looting and rioting at times left businesses and vehicles engulfed in flames and the police department’s Third Precinct building torched and abandoned.
The violence has subsided, but federal prosecutors have filed a slew of charges against arson suspects and continue to seek to identify more persons of interest.
Four officers were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and criminally charged in connection with Floyd’s death.
The fact that Walz did NOT call in National Guard troops to quell the violence until recently, but now wants us to pay for the damage, is just incomprehensible to me.