A man from New Hampshire is facing federal charges after allegedly threatening to kill 2024 GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, according to an affidavit filed Saturday.
The threats were sent in text messages to the Ramaswamy campaign, which alerted authorities.
Though the affidavit redacted the name of the candidate involved, Ramaswamy senior adviser Tricia McLaughlin confirmed that it was about Ramaswamy.
Tyler Anderson is charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure another person after he allegedly texted Ramaswamy’s campaign that he was going to kill the 38-year-old GOP millennial and attendees at a campaign event after receiving a text message from Ramaswamy’s campaign inviting him to a breakfast, the affidavit said.
“Great, another opportunity for me to blow [the Candidate’s] brains out!” Anderson allegedly responded over text, according to the court filing, followed by another message reading, “I’m going to kill everyone who attends and then f— their corpses.”
The affidavit alleged that Anderson had also sent threatening messages to another candidate, which it did not identify.
“Fantastic, now I know where to go so I can blow that bastard’s head off!” Anderson wrote in response to the campaign of another candidate, according to a screenshot provided in the affidavit.
“Thanks, I’ll see you there. Hope you have the stamina for a mass shooting!” another alleged text from the New Hampshire man said.
The affidavit noted that Anderson was arrested and taken to the Dover Police Department on Saturday. It said the New Hampshire man acknowledged he had threatened Ramaswamy’s campaign and that several other campaigns had received threats from him as well.
“We are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter. Our security team worked closely with New Hampshire state police, who are some of the best in the nation. We’re going to let the investigators do their work and figure out who this person is and what their motives might be,” McLaughlin said in a statement.
McLaughlin took a swipe at the media as well and argued that “the media is quick to blame all conservatives for stoking violence,” alleging they stoked violence as well.