Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka says Governor Tim Walz “failed the state of Minnesota, again” by allowing protesters to topple a statue of Christopher Columbus on the State Capitol grounds. Gazelka says officials knew about the threat and the governor “failed to adequately protect it” like he didn’t protect the Third Precinct Minneapolis police station and Lake Street businesses. Walz isn’t immediately available to respond, but said Wednesday about protesters’ objections to symbols like the Columbus statue:

“I hear it get pushed off as frivolous or political correctness. These are historical pains that led to what we saw happen with George Floyd and the anger that came out.”