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

    violence is NEVER!! ok! and ted cruz needs to quit using the phrase "the american people" its sickening!!

    October 19, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Virginia

    Why should we be surprised by threats against Ted Cruz? He and his cronies has caused so much misery for so many people.

    October 19, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. dylan

    I am not in favor of threats, but cruz is reaping what he sew...I'm sure, from now on, he must be cautious. His stubbornness cost the country 24 biilion and ruined the lives of millions...

    October 19, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. Sheryl Mexic

    Not surprising as he represents the extreme and he's gonna get threats from extremists even if the are on the other side of the issue. Thinking isn't criminal but writing those threats is. I have clearly written my opinion of Ted Cruz but I don't make threats.

    October 19, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. ArthurP

    Well he does want to kill the Affordable Care Act so may be is it just a few people acting in self defense or maybe they are just standing their ground to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

    October 19, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. RamboJohnJ

    One idiot on Twitter makes a threat and it's news? When Cruz averages the daily amount of death threats Obama receives from Tea Partiers or Bush did in his final four years, then they should worry..

    October 19, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Patricia Darlene McClendon

    I don't condome violence but we sent the veteran to war (taught him how to kill) and he says he has been applying for VA benefits since 2008 or 5 years ago? Why no decision yet?

    October 19, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. rs

    Too bad. In the GOP's hyper-partisan world, this sort of thing should probably be expected, especially after Cruz's rather over-the-top role in trying to crash the government. Hopefully, these threats are just that and cooler heads will prevail.

    October 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Robert

    I support Cruz but: “Ted Cruz needs to be taken out,” and, “Take down Ted Cruz, at his home.” Maybe he means at the ballot box?

    October 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Hogarth

    Doesn't every politician receive threats like this? Why is it a big deal, just because it's Ted Cruz?

    October 19, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. rl

    You live by threats. You really don't expect someone who is somewhat unbalanced to do the same?

    October 19, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. Michael

    i guess some people just dont like him. wonder why?

    October 19, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. Puddin

    When people have so much harm done to their families over something like this shutdown and the threat of default, they tend to become LIVID, and that brings out the worst in them. Cruz showed he had not a twit of concern for the American people, so who can blame them for being upset. However, this gives no one an excuse to "take him out," but I can understand the anger. This guy is an embarrassment to Texas. He needs to just resign and go back to Canada.

    October 19, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. mabel floyd

    i live in texas-and i am ashamed to admit it. we have a beautiful state and one that has many things to be enjoyed. the politics are a mess.
    we have gov oops that thinks he is cute when he oppresses women. we have more and more ways to keep the vote to those who will vote republican. we have more and more laws to punish women who want to be free of lawmakers who practice medicine..
    then we have sen. cruze. the man is not just a shame., he is an obstruction to good government that is for the people, not just big government, big churches, and big wall street. he enjoys tramping on the heads of the people who do not obey him. he has a motto. his motto is: we will rule this country or we will destroy it. careful people the destruction has begun.

    October 19, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. bill

    the proper authorities that would probably not exist if cruz had his way. The guy almost took down the country, of course people who love this country are going to hate him

    October 19, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. teedofftaxpayer

    The guy isn't worth it. Just let Texas secede and we would never have to hear his name again.

    October 19, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. hkirwin

    The hypocracy of the liberal left. Their views and opinions are liberal unless it is a view or opinion that they disagree with. They are the first to rant about the "radical" tea party when they are the ones to readily make violent threats and actions. Go figure.

    October 19, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Mariann Pepitone

    I like Cruz and believe he is a true Republican. He says what he means and means what he says not like some of the other republicans and also democrats who are the worst democrats in political history. I don't believe in Obamacare and he shouldn't try to enforce people and companies to take it. This is America not Russia. And I hope the party that threatened Cruz is caught.

    October 19, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Greg Clapton

    Regardless of your political views the authorities need to find this person and make an example of him.

    October 19, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Dreygur

    Who hasn't received threats on twitter?

    October 19, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. manhandler1

    Is that as serious as threatening to deny wages to federal workers and their families for an extended amount of time? I don't think so.

    October 19, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Lainie11

    Ted Cruz was the only statesman who stood for the truth. The other politicians in the House and Senate were afraid of their "friends" and acted so. Speaker Boehner acted heroically. Cruz for President in 2016! Go Cruz Go.

    CNN, please don't throw my comment away again.

    October 19, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Herbal Tea

    All threats should be taken seriously. However, these tweets are ambiguous as it could mean take down at the voting booth.

    October 19, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. american(1)

    I read this and honestly believed it came from within his own party. He pushed for it, and now the party is suffering because of it. Seems like not just the other side has a reason to not like him.

    October 19, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Quest

    The "threat" is fake. Republicans create their own threats because they've never been a victim of anything. They're wimps, and unfit for the real, urban world. Ted Cruz is a Texas-Redneck!

    October 19, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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