United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) released the following statement after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday.

“The violence and lawlessness we’re seeing in the nation’s Capitol Building—as the eyes of the world are upon us—are reprehensible and must be condemned by every elected official who truly cares for self-government in America. There needs to be an immediate investigation into this attack on the Capitol, and every perpetrator who broke federal law needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

“Democracy is delicate. We have it today, but there is no guarantee it will be here tomorrow. We have to make a conscious decision, as Americans, to step back from the ledge and refuse the tribalistic tendencies, divisive dialogue, and fantastical fictions that have led us down this dangerous path. 

“However, I want to be clear: we will not succumb to this kind of bullying behavior. Tonight, I prayed again for the safety of my colleagues, the Capitol Police, and our constitutional republic. Soon, I—and the U.S. Congress—will vote to certify Joseph R. Biden, Jr. as the next President of the United States.”

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.