NH man plotted to kill presidential candidate, supporters at campaign event: DOJ

PORTSMOUTH, NH — A New Hampshire man who sent text messages threatening Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and attendees at a campaign event was arrested Monday, the Justice Department announced Monday. 

Tyler Anderson, 30, of Dover, New Hampshire, was charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another, and is scheduled to make an initial appearance today in federal court in Concord at 2:30 p.m.  

According to the charging documents, Anderson received a text message from the victim’s campaign notifying him of a political event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Anderson responded to the text message on Dec. 8, 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.” 

Tricia McLaughlin, spokesperson for Ramaswamy’s campaign, said in a statement Monday, “We are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans.”

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Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at a campaign event at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Dec. 11, 2023. (Fox News – Paul Steinhauser)

Ramaswamy hosted a campaign event on Monday morning at the Roundabout Diner, in Portsmouth.

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The charge against Anderson comes with the possibility of up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. 

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