Following a riot that occurred outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Victoria) told the Journal-Spectator in a response to an email about his safety, “Thank you all who are praying for our nation’s capital at this time. We are safe, but please pray for our capitol police who are taking the brunt of this senseless violence.”
He was referring to a reported riot that occurred in and around the U.S. Capitol for several hours. There were reportedly four deaths associated with the violence that occurred after President Donald Trump held a rally, once again objecting to the results of the Nov. 3 Presidential Election.
In an email the following day, Cloud said, “The violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol is heartbreaking. I had the opportunity late yesterday evening to review the video of what had been going on, after it was deemed safe for Members to leave our undisclosed, secure location. We have inherited such a gift as Americans, and I am grieved by what we saw.
“The violence and intimidation on display undermines the very objectives of a free and functioning Republic and has absolutely no place here. A number of capitol police took the brunt of the violence. Please continue to keep them and their families in your prayers.”
He said he had a chance to see what happened outside of the Capitol building.
“Getting word that we will soon be convening to continue our work. I’m now getting a chance to review the video of what has been going on outside the Capitol, and it is absolutely heartbreaking,” Cloud said. Cloud has visited Wharton County, even the Journal-Spectator plenty of times as the representative for our area, and never felt threatened by those who he spoke to and may have objected to his ideas.