A New Hampshire man is facing federal charges after allegedly threatening to “blow” Republicans presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s “brains out” at a campaign event. While the indictment only mentions a presidential candidate and does not provide a name, a spokesperson for Ramaswamy’s campaign confirmed that the political newcomer was the target.
Tyler Anderson, 30, is charged with sending an interstate threat. He has yet to enter an official plea and was due for an initial court appearance on Monday. According to court documents, Anderson received a campaign text message detailing an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
“Great, another opportunity for me to blow his brains out!” Anderson allegedly wrote in response, adding “I’m going to kill everyone who attends and then f**k their corpses.”
In an interview with law enforcement after his arrest, Anderson reportedly admitted to sending violent threats to several additional campaigns. Threatening messages were recovered by the FBI upon examination of Anderson’s phone, including a message from two days prior in which he responded to another campaign text with ““Thanks, I’ll see you there. Hope you have the stamina for a mass shooting!”
The second candidate is likewise not named in court documents and their identity is unknown as of this time.
Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for Ramaswamy’s campaign, told CNN that “we are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans.”
Ramaswamy — who entered the race as a political unknown — has surged to as high as third place in a number of national and state GOP presidential polls. While polarizing to some, he has enjoyed support from the populist right and has laid out a number of ambitious reforms, including the abolition of the FBI.
The threats come just weeks after a man claiming to be a former FBI agent warned Ramaswamy to “be careful” and advised him to “get some competent people” around him at all times.
we are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans.