Feds decline Minnesota governor’s request for funding to rebuild after riots

Readers will surely recognize the saying, “You made your bed, now lie in it.”

That’s effectively what the Trump administration just told Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D), denying his request for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid to rebuild following recent police brutality protests that engulfed the Minneapolis area, according to the Washington Examiner.

Devastating destruction

Minneapolis, Minnesota is where George Floyd lost his life while being arrested by police, and in the weeks following that event, the city saw some of the worst unrest of anywhere in the country. When protests escalated into riots, stores were looted, buildings were set ablaze, and the city was made to look more like a war zone than a major American city.

Once the full scope of the devastation was assessed, it was found that over 1,500 buildings suffered damage to the tune of roughly $500 million.

To say that local and state officials, including Gov. Walz, just sat back and let the rioters do as they pleased, isn’t much of an exaggeration. Police officers were ordered to stand down, as The Washington Times reported, and President Donald Trump’s offer to send in the National Guard to quell the unrest was rejected, according to The Washington Post.

Request denied

Despite his prior lack of action, about 10 days ago, Gov. Walz asked President Trump to declare Minnesota a “major disaster” zone and sent a request for $500 million dollars in aid to the appropriate agency — the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

“Denied” was the Trump administration’s response.

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support,” Walz’s office said in a statement, as Minnesota Public Radio reported. “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.”

Conservatives hail decision

Walz and Minnesota Democrats may be upset about the Trump administration’s decision, but Americans everywhere are celebrating — as they should.

“Great news!” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) tweeted. “[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!”

Conservative radio host Mark Levin similarly voiced his approval, writing:

Great decision. 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.

That sounds about right. This entire situation is just another reminder that decisions have consequences with which those who made them must ultimately live — Democrats included.

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