Running for president has its risks. But no one expected this.
And the FBI is dumbfounded after an assassination attempt on this presidential candidate.
Businessman and Republican candidate for president, Vivek Ramaswamy has been the target of a recent assassination threat from a man in New Hampshire.
Tyler Anderson, who is 30-years-old, has been arrested by the FBI for threatening to kill Ramaswamy at a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
If he is found to be guilty, Anderson could serve up to five years in prison and receive a fine up to $250,000.
The threat came about when Anderson received a text message on December 8 about a Ramaswamy campaign event being held in Portsmouth, according to the Department of Justice.
Anderson responded to the text saying, “Great, another opportunity for me to bl*w his brains out!” as well as “I’m going to k*ll everyone who attends and then f*** their corpses.”
He confessed to the police that the texts were indeed sent by him as well as other texts to campaigns that included similar threats.
This isn’t Anderson’s first run-in with law enforcement either.
According to court documents, he has had a few encounters with the Dover Police Department in the last couple of years.
The FBI did not name Ramaswamy as the victim when detailing Anderson’s arrest, but the presidential candidate’s campaign did confirm it was indeed him who was the target of the threat.
Ramaswamy’s campaign event in Portsmouth was scheduled for 9am on Monday at a restaurant called the Roundabout Diner.
“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,” Ramaswamy’s campaign said.
“We’re going to let the investigators do their work and figure out who this person is and what their motives might be.”
“We are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans.” @VivekGRamaswamy in Nashua, New Hampshire. pic.twitter.com/gBqOzDl5YE
— Stefan Mychajliw (@StefanMychajliw) December 11, 2023
Ramped up security is expected at Ramaswamy’s events in New Hampshire after the threat and arrest of Anderson was made.
“I feel very secure in the position we’re in, and I’m immensely grateful to the team that keeps me safe and hopefully all the other candidates safe through this process as well,” Vivek Ramaswamy said to reporters.
Thank goodness no one was harmed from the serious threats that Ramaswamy received.
Hopefully other presidential campaigns are working hard to implement security measures to make sure candidates continue to stay safe during this election season.
Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.