Jacob Frey (D), the liberal mayor of Minneapolis, has landed himself in a rather humiliating situation.
In the wake of riots and looting stemming from the recent death of 46-year-old George Floyd, not only is Frey now having to ask for President Donald Trump’s help to begin rebuilding his city, he was forced to depart a protest rally amid a deafening chorus of boos after he declined to defund the police department, according to The New York Times.
Hat in hand
It was not too long ago that Frey commented on President Trump’s biting criticisms of the mayor’s response to the riots and unrest gripping Minneapolis.
“Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis,” he said, according to Breitbart. “We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes, but you better be damned sure that we’re going to get through this.”
But that was before the full extent of the destruction wrought by rioters emerged. Since then, Frey’s tune has since shifted remarkably.
“With at least $55 million in estimated damage and far more to come, Minneapolis will need state and federal aid as it attempts to rebuild hundreds of structures after the riots following George Floyd’s death,” Frey said last week, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Indeed, the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department has reported that at least 220 buildings have been damaged by the so-called protesters, and that this damage amounts to at least $55 million, according to the Washington Examiner. City officials, including Frey, however, have stated that these numbers are expected to rise significantly.
This, coupled with the financial hole that Frey and the city found themselves in due to coronavirus lockdowns, means that the mayor now must seek significant assistance from the federal government. The problem, however — besides his prior bashing of the president — is, as the Star-Tribune notes, “in the past, neither the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nor Congress has consistently sent federal funding to cities ravaged by riots.”
In the meantime, Frey also managed to make some enemies among the protesters with whom he has attempted to show such solidarity in recent weeks.
Trending across the country among far-left activist circles is a push to defund — and therefore essentially eliminate — police departments. Frey was showered with boos and jeers at a demonstration Saturday in support of such a move, so much so that he had no choice but to leave, as The New York Times reported. Demonstrators angrily shouted, “Go home, Jacob, go home,” and “Shame! Shame!”
The crowd’s disapproval stemmed from Frey’s comment that he does not “support the full abolition of the police,” as local CBS affiliate WCCO reported. Frey later said that he supports “deep structural reform of a racist system.”
It is certainly a tough time for Frey, but he needs to keep in mind that actions do indeed have consequences — and he could soon be feeling those at the ballot box.