Police investigating threats against Ted Cruz
October 18th, 2013
10:24 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Ted Cruz
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. D

    Oh great, just add to his ego and sense of self-importance. Great idea!

    October 19, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. sirjersey17

    just goes to show-be a LEADER not a TWEETER

    October 19, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. AJ

    Well, it's not like somebody placed a rifle scope picture on him as a target.

    A wise woman once said "When we talk about fighting for our country, we're talking about our vote, our vote is our arms."

    Obviously, the person had a tenuous grasp of reality. You betcha.

    October 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. Michigan_Joe

    Isn't this what Cruz expected? Many Americans find him repulsive and want him out of office. That doesn't mean they want him buried alive.

    October 19, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. babooph

    Not nice to pick on the political Eunuch who was so nearly a presidential hopeful...also illegal to get that nasty...

    October 19, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. LtButRt

    Ted Cruz's actions was indicative of his lack of knowledge of how government works. Sure, government is overbearing at times. But, you do not fix it by breaking it! His actions were arrogant and negligent !

    October 19, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. JohnRJohnson

    Still, Cruz probably loves the attention.

    October 19, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Joe

    I do not shed a tear. I might even celebrate

    October 19, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Probably did It himself for more publicity .

    October 19, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Joe

    this arrogant hypocrite creature is never my favorite anyway

    October 19, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Wake up People!

    Texans need to vote this buffoon out of office. He's more dangerous to this country than the Taliban.

    I'm hoping that's what this vet meant. Take him out of office. At least I hope so.

    October 19, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. William yates

    Ted Cruz is an egomaniac nut. At the very least, he should be sued by the Federal government for 23 billion dollars along with the entire Tea Party morons who caused this debacle in the first place. Those clowns have paraded their brand of foolishness with the intent on playing the scare card on stupid Americans who likely don't even vote much less read a newspaper. Trying to act like they represent the values of all Americans... BS! What's even worse is that every one of them, Cruz included, has never told the truth about their politics to the American people. There is no truth in anything Ted Cruz says except for the truth about Ted Cruz, and we all know what that is. He represents the very worst about America and we all carry that shame.

    October 19, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. redneck

    I think it would be to the democrats advantage to keep him talking and the voice of the right.

    October 19, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. mojoquasi

    Just one guy sent him a threat? And this is a big deal why??? Although I am surprised its only one guy considering the numerous people I know who despise him with a passion.

    October 19, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. All aboard the shutdown express....

    threats made to Cruz (or anyone else for that matter) is just wrong and the person who made them should be in big trouble...BUT it's also wrong when a so called tea party patriot showed up at an event where President Obama was peaking with an assault weapon (2009) ..according to the story; he was within his rights. and we wonder why children are becoming so desensitized to the point of driving someone to suicide and according to the young ladies own post, she doesn't care...God please help us....

    October 19, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. justsane

    i wonder how this compares to the threats that are made against the president on an ongoing basis?

    October 19, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. mojoquasi

    One guy sends him some threats and this is a big deal how??? Cruz is lucky. The vast majority of the people I've run into absolutely despise him. Not for his politics but for his in-your-face narcissism and arrogance and total contempt for anyone who disagrees with him.

    He's the class example of that old saying: If you could buy him for what he's worth, and sell him for what he thinks he's worth..........

    October 19, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. redneck

    If the republicans keep him as their spokesman, the best chance they have of seeing the inside of the whitehouse is to win a national championship.

    October 19, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. amperr

    I want Kay Bailey Hutchinson back please!!!

    October 19, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. billmosby

    What Ted Cruz did in shutting down the government was pretty much equivalent to either a strike or a lockout, take your pick. In the old days, strikes were seen as a legitimate labor actions. Lockouts were less accepted. Strikes by government workers have resulted in mass firings in the not too distant past.

    Death threats have also been associated with the above, although never acceptable.

    We live in confusing times.

    October 19, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  21. Manchester United fan

    Just wondering how much did Cruz paid for the posts. He is in serious need of attention

    October 19, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. GTA

    So, why was Sarah Palin neither reprimanded nor charged when her website put cross-hairs over the locations of people that she thought were 'wrong for America'?

    October 19, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. bosco111

    It is sad that this bozo gets even more coverage. He would be more fun to just forget about since every time I think of him I just cringe a little.

    October 19, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. A traveler

    I agree that violence is not the answer. That said, threatening the United States of America with bizarre theatrics (as Cruz has done many times) should be investigated and possibly tried as treasonous behavior.

    October 19, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. Mymy

    What an idiot for putting it on twitter. I suppose that the person/s that do eventually try to take him out will be more subtle about it. Cruz will take this threat as a compliment and rally his own goonies and goofballs to carry guns all around him, showing strength. The freshman senator is nothing but a modern day "Tent Revival" politician, promising he can cure the sick and raise the dead, as long as you have faith and put money in the bucket.

    October 19, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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