A New Hampshire man was arrested and charged for threatening to kill GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
Tyler Anderson, 30, of Dover, New Hampshire, allegedly “responded to a text message from a presidential campaign Friday promoting a rally set to take place 9 a.m. Monday at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth,” NBC News reports.
“While the federal charging documents did not name the candidate threatened, the event was Ramaswamy’s, according to his campaign,” the outlet wrote.
The man allegedly responded to the campaign text with a message saying: “Great, another opportunity for me to blow his brains out!”
He also allegedly said he would “kill everyone who attends.”
🚨 BREAKING: New Hampshire man arrested for threatening to kill Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at a campaign stop
The man responded to a text from the campaign promoting an event with a message that said: “Great, another opportunity for me to blow his brains out!” pic.twitter.com/F7CtkGvmWy
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NBC News reports:
Court documents state that Anderson admitted to the police that he sent the texts and that he had sent threatening texts to other campaigns as well.
The campaign immediately alerted law enforcement after receiving the threat in response to the automated text message. Ramaswamy’s campaign did not publicize the threat to prevent copycat acts, a source close to the situation told NBC News, but it did not know that the FBI would be releasing a statement until the press release was out.
“We are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans,” the Ramaswamy campaign told NBC News in a statement.
Court documents reveal that Anderson has had several interactions with the Dover Police Department over the last few years, but do not reveal specifics.
Anderson will appear in federal court in Concord, New Hampshire, on Monday afternoon. The charges he faces could result in a prison sentence of up to five years. He could also face as many as three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.
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In an interview with law enforcement after his arrest, Anderson allegedly said that he sent similarly threatening text messages to multiple other campaigns. An FBI agent found such messages on Anderson’s phone, court documents say, including one message from just two days earlier where Anderson responded to a campaign event invitation, “Thanks, I’ll see you there. Hope you have the stamina for a mass shooting!”
The second candidate is also not named in court documents.