Democratic leaders and the National Guard
Trump falsely claimed that Democratic governors and mayors completely refused to ask for any “help”, even in the case of a “total breakdown of law and order”, that’s why “we sent in the National Guard in Minneapolis and in many other places.”
But in reality, it is a wildly false claim. It’s completely untrue that Trump sent the National Guard to Minneapolis, but also that Democratic leaders refused to ask for help. In fact, it was actually the Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, not Trump, who deployed the Minnesota National Guard amid the protests that followed after the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police.
Walz served in the Army National Guard for over two decades, and first activated the Guard more than seven hours before Trump decided to threaten to deploy the Guard himself. When Trump made these false accusations in 2020, Walz’s office explained that the governor was the one who activated the Guard.