Man allegedly threatens to ‘blow’ Vivek Ramaswamy’s ‘brains out,’ kill attendees at his event, then ‘f*** their corpses’

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A New Hampshire man has been arrested by the FBI after he allegedly threatened to kill Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, as well as everyone attending one of his campaign events.

On December 8, Ramaswamy’s campaign issued a mass text message to announce that the candidate would be hosting an event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, three days later. At least one recipient was not thrilled with the news.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire, Tyler Anderson, 30, fired off a violent response to the text. “Great, another opportunity for me to blow his brains out!” Anderson allegedly wrote to the campaign in reply.

“I’m going to kill everyone who attends and then f*** their corpses,” he added, according to the press release.

On Saturday, the day after the messages were allegedly sent, FBI agents raided Anderson’s home in Dover, New Hampshire, where they reportedly confiscated a Samsung Galaxy S10E phone. They also confiscated firearms, but court documents did not specify the type. Whether those guns were legally registered to Anderson is unclear.

After combing through the seized phone, agents allegedly found the damning texts sent to the Ramaswamy team and confronted Anderson about them. At that point, the suspect allegedly admitted sending them.

Anderson also reportedly told investigators that he had threatened “multiple other campaigns” as well. Last Wednesday, the suspect even threatened to carry out “a mass shooting” at an event for another candidate, according to messages reportedly seen on his seized phone.

Anderson was arrested and charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000, the press release said. He was scheduled to appear in court on Monday afternoon.

The Dover and Portsmouth Police Departments also assisted in the investigation, the press release noted.

Despite the threats, Ramaswamy held the New Hampshire event as scheduled. He even posted on X a video of his appearance at a Portsmouth diner:

The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not actually reveal the name of the candidate whom Anderson had supposedly threatened, but Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for Ramaswamy’s campaign, confirmed to the Daily Mail that it was, in fact, Ramaswamy. After thanking law enforcement agencies for their “swift” action in the case, McLaughlin noted a double standard in the way many media outlets have reported on threats against political candidates.

“[W]e constantly hear about January 6 and ‘violence’ and ‘extremism on the right’ from the media, but the same media goes silent when the target is a Republican,” McLaughlin’s statement read in part, according to the Daily Mail. “It’s no wonder that fanatics will take action. Whenever it’s some nut with alleged right-wing views, the media is quick to blame all conservatives for stoking violence.

“And yet the media never looks in the mirror and sees that they stoke hatred and violence by questioning our patriotism and motives and accusing us of undermining democracy,” she said.

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