The Federal government has denied Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s request for $500 million in emergency FEMA aid to rebuild after rioters and looters destroyed parts of Minneapolis.
Walz and local politicians went begging the Trump administration for the funds after they sat by and did nothing as the looters and rioters took over their city.
They stood down, terrified of the mob, and watched as their city burned. Ilhan Omar and others want to defund the police and other crazy ideas hoping Trump would bail out their negligence.
Trump today told them no, they are on their own. This may not win him any votes in the state and but it sends a message to other states to maintain law and order because no bailouts are coming.
From The Star Tribune:
The federal government has denied Gov. Tim Walz’s request for aid to help rebuild and repair Twin Cities structures that were damaged in the unrest following George Floyd’s death.
Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” for the state of Minnesota in his request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 2. More than 1,500 buildings were damaged by fires, looting and vandalism in the days of unrest that followed Floyd’s May 25 death in Minneapolis police custody, racking up more than $500 million in damages, according to Walz.
The governor’s spokesman, Teddy Tschann, confirmed late Friday that the request for federal aid was denied.
“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” Tschann said in a statement. “As we navigate one of the most difficult periods in our state’s history, we look for support from our federal government to help us through.”
Many small businesses and grocery stores, pharmacies and post offices were damaged during the unrest. In his letter to FEMA, Walz said what happened in the Twin Cities after Floyd’s death was the second most destructive incident of civil unrest in U.S. history, after the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.
The Walz administration conducted a preliminary damage assessment that found nearly $16 million of eligible damages related to fires. The federal funds would have been used to reimburse local governments for repairs and debris removal.