You’ve gotta admire the brazenness someone has to operate with to not protect their own city from riots, trash the President in the process, and then go running to the federal government for money. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who bears a striking resemblance to Canada’s Justin Trudeau, has managed it though.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the damages are already at $55 million and climbing. That money’s got to come from somewhere, so why not the Trump, right?
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, Mayor Jacob Frey said.
City officials are still putting together a complete tally of the destruction and cautioned that estimates are likely to rise significantly. Gov. Tim Walz and members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are trying to get government assistance to offset that cost. But in the past, neither the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) nor Congress has consistently sent federal funding to cities ravaged by riots.
Yeah, that’s not what FEMA is for, as evidenced by the fact that Maryland was denied such assistance by the Obama administration in 2015 after the Baltimore riots. These politicians sat idly by and let their cities be destroyed. They need to be the ones to pay for it. These people had ample opporutnity, including usage of the National Guard, to stop the rioting, burning of buildings, and looting. They instead chose to appease the mob for purely political reasons. That’s on them.
Walz said Tuesday that he is pushing for funding to rebuild damaged communities. His administration has been talking to U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, as well as U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum, who represent the Twin Cities. Walz said they have had conversations about seeking federal assistance to rebuild communities and “we have expressed some of our desires to explore what we can do there.”
Good luck with that. If they are really looking for help, talking to Ilhan Omar isn’t the way to get it. The White House is never going to sign off on such a push. This is also the same Minneapolis that’s currently pledging to disband their police force. Putting money into such a city seems like a rather bad investment for the American taxpayers.
Look, had they done their best to stop this, it’d be one thing. You can’t blame a city for getting overwhelmed. But that didn’t happen here. Frey refused help, didn’t call in the National Guard for days, and pampered the rioters rhetorically. He’s responsible for this and he has to pay the price for it. Regular Americans who don’t support this kind of nonsense shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for his incompetence.