(NationRise.com) – Authorities in Dover, New Hampshire, have arrested 30-year-old Tyler Anderson after he allegedly threatened to assassinate Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy.
Authorities were alerted to the threat after reviewing text messages that Anderson allegedly sent to Ramaswamy’s campaign. He was responding to a mass text sent to several prospective voters and threatened to “blow his brains out.” He also allegedly threatened to kill and defile the corpses of supporters who attended Ramaswamy’s upcoming campaign event.
This isn’t the first time that Anderson has threatened to kill a political candidate. He has previously threatened to shoot an unnamed party. He also said that the candidate’s campaign should be ready for a mass shooting.
Anderson’s official charge is “transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another.” The charge can lead to a five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. He may also receive a supervised release sentence lasting up to three years.
Ramaswamy said that he didn’t want to discuss too many details of the case. However, his campaign released a statement expressing gratitude for the police and officials who intervened. The FBI assisted with the investigation.
Chris Galdieri, a political science professor at Saint Anselm College, warns that the role of modern technologies in campaigns is still largely uncharted. He notes that experts are still learning how it works and the extent of its role on the campaign trail. Galdieri also stated that technology can make candidates more accessible to both supporters and enemies. He ultimately believes technology is “corrosive” to the democratic process.
Anderson’s first court appearance was on December 14th.
Ramaswamy has received significant media attention and controversy despite having low poll numbers. He is often attacked for his seeming lack of foreign policy experience. He often counters that politicians with experience still do more harm than good. He has recently focused his attacks on fellow candidate Nikki Haley after her recent gain in the polls.
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