Police investigating threats against Ted Cruz
October 18th, 2013
10:24 PM ET
1 year 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. Madb52

    How is this any different that Caribou Barbie's posters with crosshairs?

    October 19, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That's usually the government, you know.

    October 19, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Richard

    I don't know that he should be "taken down" as much as he should be in jail for losing the American people 24 billion dollars.

    October 19, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. mattski

    i completely disagree with everything Cruz did with respect to this shutdown, but threats are not necessary. Everyone who knew Cruz at Harvard, including a lot of people like Alan Derschowitz who strongly disagree with his recent actions, say he is a person who stands by his principles, and his actions over the last few weeks are classic Cruz, not a stunt to gain popularity.

    October 19, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  5. frank

    Ask Senator Cruz to pay for his own health care, and let's see if he still wants to defund Obamacare?

    October 19, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. S1N

    I fail to see the problem. The veteran had a great idea.

    October 19, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Drake

    I understand the need to control the budget but think it need it be done intelligently. They way the Tea Party has operated has actually taken their policies out of focus and turned it on themselves instead.

    Ted Cruz needs to be replaced by the electoral process.

    October 19, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Jim

    All those racists hating on Cruz cuz he's Latino and we know how Latino's cannot go off the migrant workforce unless their liberals!

    October 19, 2013 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  9. Johnny DC

    This is what happens when the president calls for an end to the use of violent rhetoric.... only when it comes from Conservatives.

    Fast forward a few years, and he is the one actually encouraging talk like this, with his comments about anarchists and kidnappers and hostage-taking terrorists.

    October 19, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  10. Kevin

    Ted Cruz needs to be our next President!

    October 19, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. joseph morehead

    Ted Cruz needs to be censured by the Senate for his arrogant and devisive behavior I think that any so called threats were made by him in order to gain even more media attention

    October 19, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. mistamista

    REALLY? Didn't we learn that doing things like this is what cost us money in the first place? I bet that even Ted would tell you NOT to waste money on finding people who make NON-threats against him. Anyone can wish anyone else dead. It's ignorant to think that a suggestion is a preface to an action. Hell, I wish the guy got hit by a meteor. Am I under investigation now? I miss freedom!

    October 19, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. CoolCMo

    Did Cruz actually think that he could commit felonious assault on 300 million people and not have at least one of them fight back?

    October 19, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Andy B

    I guess some people feel very passionate that government should have more say in our lives and that the national debt should grow into infinity.

    October 19, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Ellie

    My hasband and I wondered if he was getting special security. When you are that big of a bully, I can certainly understand people's anger and frustration with him.

    October 19, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. redrockhistory

    what does he expect? He, basically, engineered the government shutdown that has affected the US people for sometime to come!!! maybe he should remember what office he was elected to........it isn't the one with "President" on the door. You have caused my family and myself extreme stress over the shutdown........I would greatly prefer if the media would stop giving you air time!!!!!

    October 19, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Jennifer Bond

    Gasp!! Imagine that!! I mean seriously, I am against violence even against a politician that would hijack not only the nation's economy, but possibly the planet's. If you tick off enough people, some of them quite possibly could not be wrapped too tight.

    October 19, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  18. Janey Chanda

    People get threatened and harrassed daily on Twitter and other social networking sites, but as soon as Mr. Cruz becomes a victim, police have been exaughsted to investigate. Some world we live in..

    October 19, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Jeb

    Ted Cruz threatened to destroy the U.S. economy if he did not get what he wanted.

    October 19, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. Judy Wood

    Ted Cruz should be arrested for the terrorist threats he made against America. Then deported back to Canada.

    October 19, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. scranton

    Extreme far left being radical as usual.

    October 19, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Tom

    I understand the anger against Cruz and the tea party but really people, threats and name-calling is not a solution.

    October 19, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. Bigjilm

    Just vote to get him out of power. No need to stoop to violent rhetoric. Come on, Earthlings. You can do better than this.

    Listen, we're all on the same team; we just have different ideas on how to live. That's ok to debate. Every voice should get a seat at the table. Threats from any side are unbecoming. No need to threaten our brothers and sisters, no matter how much they embarrass us (that'd be you, Ted).

    October 19, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Norman Micco

    I would not agree with the man who threatened Senator Cruz but He should be voted out of office. It is ironic that the government Senator Cruz does not like,voted to shutdown and vows to shutdown again to repeal Obama Care; now needs the protection from this same government.

    October 19, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. me

    There have been so many threats against the President that they stop reporting it.

    October 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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