Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says Governor Tim Walz knew about protesters’ threat to topple a statue of Christopher Columbus on the State Capitol grounds and “failed the state of Minnesota, again” — just like when rioters destroyed the Third Precinct Minneapolis police station and Lake Street businesses. Walz responds he does not condone what State Capitol protesters did and there will be consequences — however…

“Don’t confuse the random burning of a liquor store with an act of civil disobedience… by indigenous people who have been speaking up for generations.”

Gazelka fires back “the mob mentality to do whatever people want without repercussion has got to stop.”