Gov. Tim Walz, Republican legislators start session with clash over Capitol attack
January 12, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz condemned Republican legislators for continuing to sow doubts about the November election results and said he wants to hear them say, "President Trump permitted sedition."
"How do we talk about reaching a compromise on the budget when we can't agree that our elections were fair?" Walz asked during an annual event Monday with legislative leaders, where he accused Republicans of "pretty epic gaslighting."
In one of the DFL governor's sternest public rebukes of his GOP colleagues to date, Walz described how the State Patrol removed his son from their home last week and took him to a safe location. The 14-year-old had to leave the governor's residence as Trump supporters threatened Walz during a rally at the State Capitol on the same day as the insurrection in Washington. He was crying as he tried to look for Scout, the family's dog, Walz said.