A New Hampshire man has been arrested and charged in connection with threats made against Republican 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and attendees at a campaign event in Portsmouth, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire.
Tyler Anderson, 30, of Dover, New Hampshire was charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another.
Anderson is scheduled to make an initial appearance Monday at 2 p.m. in a Concord federal court.
According to the charging documents, after receiving a text message on Dec. 8 from the victim’s campaign notifying him of a political event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Anderson allegedly responded stating: “Great, another opportunity for me to blow his brains out!” and “I’m going to kill everyone who attends and then f*** their corpses.”
Though the presidential candidate was not named in the New Hampshire U.S. Attorney’s Office’s press release, Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, revealed to CNN that he was the target of the threats.
McLaughlin told CNN in a statement “we are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans.”
If found guilty, Anderson faces a sentence of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.