Federal authorities in New Hampshire have taken serious action against a resident for issuing grave threats against Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy.
Tyler Anderson, 30, from Dover, New Hampshire, was arrested and charged with transmitting a threat to harm across state lines, as announced by the U.S. Department of Justice on December 11.
Threatening Messages Uncovered
The incident that led to Anderson’s arrest began with a campaign text message he received on December 8 regarding a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Anderson allegedly responded with a text stating, “Great, another opportunity for me to [expletive”], followed by another message threatening to kill everyone attending the event.
Ramaswamy’s Campaign Response
Although the charging documents did not specify the campaign, Ramaswamy’s team identified itself as the target and reported the threats. This led to the involvement of the Dover Police Department and the FBI, who arrested Anderson after executing a search warrant at his residence.
Evidence Found on Anderson’s Phone
Upon examination of Anderson’s seized phone, the FBI discovered messages in a deleted folder that corresponded with the threats. Additional messages from December 6 revealed similar threats against another unspecified presidential campaign.
Also Read: Doug Burgum ends his presidential campaign
Anderson’s Admission and Potential Penalty
Post-arrest, Anderson, having waived his Miranda Rights, admitted to sending threatening messages to various campaigns. If convicted, he faces a maximum of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. As of press time, Anderson’s attorney had not commented on the matter.
Ramaswamy Campaign’s Reaction
The Ramaswamy campaign expressed gratitude towards law enforcement for their prompt and professional response. In a statement, the campaign also highlighted a perceived imbalance in media coverage and public discourse, particularly regarding threats and violence against Republicans and conservative figures.
The campaign criticized the media for allegedly being silent when Republicans are targeted, contrasting this with the media’s response to violence associated with the political right.
Political Rhetoric and Media Bias Claims
The Ramaswamy team suggested that the threats against their candidate were a consequence of politically charged rhetoric targeting conservatives. They argued that this kind of rhetoric can inspire fanatics to act violently.
The campaign accused the media of stoking hatred and violence by questioning the patriotism of conservatives and casting them as undermining democracy.
In conclusion, this case underscores the growing concern over political violence and the role of rhetoric in fueling such incidents. The swift action by law enforcement agencies, in this instance, highlights their commitment to protecting public figures and maintaining the integrity of the political process.
Read Next: Doug Burgum ends his presidential campaign