Trump administration rejects Minnesota request for disaster relief funds after riots

Democrat governors and mayors have allowed violence and rioting to run rampant for weeks now with the assumption that the federal government would pick up the tab.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) got a nasty surprise when the Trump administration denied his request for “financial support” to rebuilt parts of Minneapolis that were destroyed in the riots following the death of George Floyd in May.

Total rejection

Walz has requested that the federal government declare the state of Minnesota a “major disaster” zone in order to open up access to millions of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) dollars.

Over 1,500 buildings were destroyed in Minneapolis, causing $500 million in damages as Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey allowed riots to take over the city in the wake of Floyd’s death.

FEMA issued a statement on Saturday declaring that  “after a thorough review,” the agency determined that “the impact to public infrastructure is within the capabilities of the local and state governments to recover from.”

Several Congress members lobbied the federal government to reject Walz’s request in order to hold the state accountable for its actions.

Minnesota Republican Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) wrote to Trump in a letter: “If the federal government is expected to assist in the clean-up of these unfortunate weeks, it has an obligation to every American — prior to the release of funding — to fully understand the events which allowed for this level of destruction to occur and ensure it never happens again.”

Minneapolis has not taken any steps to ensure catastrophic riots never happen again. In fact, the city has done the opposite as one of the first cities in the US to pledge to dismantle the city’s police organizations altogether.

Walz’s office responded to the rejection in a statement expressing his disappointment:

“The Governor is disappointed that the federal government declined his request for financial support. 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.

On its own

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) praised Trump’s decision to reject Walz’s request, tweeting on Saturday, “Great news! @realDonaldTrump 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 commentator Mark Levin pointed out that President Trump had offered to deploy the national guard to quell the violence in Minneapolis, but the Democrat leaders had rejected him.

“Great decision.  The president offered the National Guard but the pathetic governor waited and waited,” Levin said. “And now the Minneapolis city council votes to abolish its police department. Pay for your own man-made hell.  So much for utopia.”

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