(GoRealNewsNow.com) – In a disturbing incident, a New Hampshire man was apprehended and charged with threatening to kill a presidential candidate and his supporters at an upcoming campaign event. U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young announced the arrest following alarming text messages sent by the suspect.
Although the initial press release didn’t specify the target, Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign team confirmed to NewsNation that he was the intended victim.
Tricia McLaughlin, a senior advisor for Ramaswamy’s campaign, expressed gratitude towards law enforcement for their quick and professional response, emphasizing the importance of safety for all Americans.
The event Ramaswamy was scheduled to attend was in Portsmouth on Monday morning, and he was the only candidate with a listed event there at that time.
Tyler Anderson, 30, faces serious charges for transmitting threats across state lines to harm another person. His court appearance was scheduled for Monday afternoon.
The charging documents reveal that after receiving a campaign text about the event, Anderson alarmingly replied on Friday with explicit threats of violence and desecration.
Anderson is potentially facing up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. Further investigations by the FBI revealed more incriminating texts on Anderson’s phone, directed at another candidate from the previous Wednesday.
Anderson has admitted to sending these menacing messages to Ramaswamy and multiple other candidates. Following this revelation, the Ramaswamy campaign issued an extended statement, highlighting what they perceive as a double standard in media coverage.
They contrasted the extensive reporting on January 6th and claims of right-wing extremism with the relative silence on threats against a Republican candidate, underscoring a perceived bias in media reporting on political violence.
This incident brings to the forefront the serious issue of threats and violence in the political arena, raising concerns about the safety of candidates and the need for a balanced media approach to such threats, irrespective of the political affiliation of the target.