Police investigating threats against Ted Cruz
October 18th, 2013
10:24 PM ET
9 months ago

Police investigating threats against Ted Cruz

Washington (CNN) – U.S. Capitol Police are investigating threats made Friday on Twitter against Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who gained national notoriety following his high-profile stand pushing Republicans to only allow the federal government to be funded if Obamacare was not. When the Senate refused to go along, the 16 day government shutdown resulted – and Ted Cruz became the de-facto face of it.

The posts came from a man who identifies himself as a military veteran and included, “Ted Cruz needs to be taken out,” and, “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home.”


“We are looking into the threats made on Twitter,” U.S. Capitol Police spokesman Officer Shennell Antrobus told CNN.

Cruz’s office confirmed the matter has been referred to the police.

“We are aware of the threats and have notified the proper authorities,” said Cruz’s spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.

The law enforcement investigation was first reported by The Hill.

–CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Cruz needs to be out of his job in the senate, but this is not the way. Even though he played the baggers like a cheap fiddle, he is no worse than the 144 republican congressmen and 16 other senators who voted against our country by trying to create another Great Depression. If you think of what good the $24 billion, wasted from Cruz and the baggers' temper tantrum, could have done for our country instead of going up in smoke and merely being added to our debt, we should be angry.

    October 19, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  2. Marie MD

    Run Rafael, run. Go back to Canada or row over to Cuba.
    You want to atone for your sins? Payback the $24BILLION you made OUR government WASTE on your blackmailing and extortion of OUR country.

    October 19, 2013 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  3. Dianna Simms

    He needs to be VOTED OUT. He's a sleaze bag.

    October 19, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    While I don't condone violence, if the guy who made the threat really IS military, he's just upholding his oath of service to protect America from threats, both foreign and domestic. And the Canadian born cuban is BOTH!

    October 19, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  5. Dale Knight

    While I consider the political tactics of Senator Ted Cruz to be divisive,disruptive, and mean spirited simply because he did not get his way; and had a huge part in costing the nation 24 billion dollars of totally unnecessary expense, I would never advocate violence to him, or any other political figure. Why can he not work with President Obama and others, in a spirit of cooperation to make things mutually better for every American citizen?

    October 19, 2013 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    That's what happens when you double dip like Rapheal Cruz. He filled his pockets with Koch Brothers AND simpleton wingnut money and ran away when things went wrong. Simpleton wingnuts STILL believe him.

    October 19, 2013 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  7. DWS

    Not surprising the country is full of angry crazy people.

    October 19, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  8. Rick Alberson

    This guy will use any form of media to keep his face posted in the news. Who cares Ted about you, and the tea baggers. You and Betty Crocker aka Sarah Palin, do you two remember you little show last week, where you, and her insighted violence at the president. You and her are the lowest form of political trash.

    October 19, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  9. onlyhuman

    Who want to bet that half of the threats actually came FROM Ted Cruz to garner sympathy from his followers.

    October 19, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  10. richie bunch

    Is there a defense fund for whoever threatened crus ....I would like to contribute to it...........

    October 19, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  11. Mike

    Only one threat???

    October 19, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  12. Joe

    Ted Cruz is here to stay. He was voted into office by ultra-right wing Tea Party loyalists who are just as nutty as he is. He is so bad for the GOP that Barack Obama must have sent him a thank you note this week for all his hard work.

    October 19, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  13. BobAD

    Does this surprise anyone. He threatened the entire world with a manufactured financial disaster.

    October 19, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  14. Maryanne

    This person should turn himself in. They will find him.

    October 19, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  15. walter banks

    There is nothing civil about Ted Cruz, we have to sink to his level, it is high time someone want to put all of the mad dogs in all society down. I mean why should a few folks like the tea party be allowed to inflict so much pain on our fellow Americans and our nation?

    October 19, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. Mike S. New Orleans

    Is anyone really surprised by this? He disrupted millions of lives and cost the taxpayers 24 billion dollars in three weeks.

    October 19, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  17. James P. Barber

    It's unfortunate. But vets never fought to defend this country so they could be used as pawns in Cruz's personal war against Obama. It was far more than "just a minor inconvenience". Cruz actions threatened the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He's the one that should be charged.

    October 19, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. Cindy

    You think that's bad? Take a look at his facebook account. The man is a pariah. Its funny.

    October 19, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  19. N. Volmer

    That is NOT threatening his life. There are a lot of people upset with Ted Cruz! That statement could just mean organize to picket at his home and make sure he doesn't get re-elected when he runs. He is definitely a republican that I would never vote for – he has his own agenda and doesn't care anything about the people he is supposed to be representing. He is just trying to make a name for himself so he can run for a higher office. He makes the Republican party look really bad – YES, I am a Republican!

    October 19, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  20. Dan5404

    No one needs to resort to violence to end Cruz's extremist agenda. The American people, including most Republicans, have no respect for him, so he should expect to end his 15 minutes of fame at the hands of the ballot boxes. His party is angry all the time, almost to the point of violence and they created anger among the American people with their shutdown and debt ceiling threats.

    October 19, 2013 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Padric2

    Cruz is a nut and the GOP knows it. He's the loose cannon, the "bad Cop" that they use to make their point public and then the rest of them try to come off as moderate by comparison.

    October 19, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  22. pat kirk

    why would you think that anyone would want to hear anymore from ted cruz..... we have been explosed enough to his mouth... please attention is what he wants.. he is crazy.

    October 19, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. ya rights

    When you sow so much hate don't be surprised when you get hate mail/tweets. Cruz brought this upon himself with his hate for anything not holy right.

    October 19, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    After Cruz threatened over three hundred million Americans with a global economic disaster, he was sure to make someone angry.

    October 19, 2013 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  25. nunya

    No matter how mind-numbingly moronic you may think the politicians in Washington are, as a rule of thumb death threats are a No-No.

    October 19, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
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