After allowing his state to run amok with violence for days during the George Floyd protests, Minnesota Govenor Tim Walz (capital D-emocrat) has a small favor to ask of the Federal Government.
Around 500 million small favors
It’s funny, the idea of “peaceful protests” and “Fema” don’t seem to line up…
Our friends at Fox News report on his plea to Donald Trump, and Fema, to declare the affected areas as a “major disaster:”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has asked President Trump for a federal disaster declaration in his state due to “extensive fire damage” and other destruction in the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody on Memorial Day.
“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
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.”
Might as well double it, once Minneapolis disbands their police department the entire city will be a disaster zone.
US News & World Report, also detailed Walz's request, and provided some insight into the letter that he sent President Trump about the matter:
A preliminary assessment found more than $15 million of eligible damages directly related to the fires. Around 1,500 businesses were damaged. Among the public structures destroyed was a Minneapolis police station that was a focus of the protests. The city has not decided whether to rebuild it.
“While many areas suffered damage, Minneapolis bore the brunt of the destruction,” the governor wrote in a letter to Trump that was sent via FEMA’s regional administrator. “Deliberately set fires were used to wantonly destroy local businesses, public buildings, and other property.”
Current estimates of the total damage exceed $500 million, the governor wrote, “making this the second most destructive incident of civil unrest in United States history after the 1992 Los Angeles riots.”
The federal assistance would reimburse local governments for damage to public buildings and equipment, debris removal and emergency protective measures.
Walz wrote that the financial challenge of recovering has been made even harder by the impacts on the state budget from the cononavirus pandemic. A projected $1.5 billion budget surplus in February was soon wiped out by a projected $2.4 billion revenue shortfall, he noted."
Raised their voice, lit their match, now the govenor wants the rest of us to pay for it.
Maybe someone should remind Govenor Walz of how he allowed the rioters to be placated for days before someone somewhere sent in the National Guard.
In a press conference, Walz even acknowledged the failure of leadership in the state he runs, as reported by PBS:
Walz said the state would take over the response and that it’s time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.
“Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard,” Walz said, adding. “Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world — and the world is watching.”
The governor cited a call he received from a state senator who described her district “on fire, no police, no firefighters, no social control, constituents locked in houses wondering what they were going to do. That is an abject failure that cannot happen.”
His comments came the morning after protesters torched a police station that officers abandoned during a third night of violence. Livestream video showed protesters entering the building, where intentionally set fires activated smoke alarms and sprinklers. President Donald Trump threatened action, tweeting “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” which prompted a warning from Twitter for “glorifying violence.”
The governor faced tough questions after National Guard leader Maj. Gen. Jon Jensen blamed a lack of clarity about the Guard’s mission for a slow response. Walz said the state was in a supporting role and that it was up to city leaders to run the situation. Walz said it became apparent as the 3rd Precinct was lost that the state had to step in, which happened at 12:05 a.m. Requests from the cities for resources “never came,” he said.
“You will not see that tonight, there will be no lack of leadership,” Walz said."
This has been the cycle of insanity going on in this country since the unfortunate murder of George Floyd.
Democrats abdicate their responsibilities, are complicit in the destruction of their own cities, then once enough people die or enough property is destroyed they play the victim card.
All the while, Trump is repeatedly vilified by them as some sort of national threat to security.
Why? For promoting peace, order, safety for all Americans? What a racist.
Tim Walz knows that he and local officials failed their state, and now he wants help from the big bad instiutionally racist wolf.
Tell him to bill BLM.