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

    The reason Liberals stoop to this level is because they are bored.

    October 19, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  2. bmw4re

    I'm guessing that these threats are being made by GOP trolls, pretending to be anti-GOP/Cruz, in order to show that there are just as many crazies on the left. There are crazies, to be sure. However, the tendency towards threats and violence are less evident from the left. I mean, who do you think owns most assault-style weapons?

    October 19, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Ralph_in_FL

    Threaten a twit on Twitter. That sounds right.

    October 19, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Pander Bear

    And so starts the Ted Cruz damage control campaign, starting with the "I'm a victim for standing up for Americans" canard. Next up, the defiant "I will continue to stand up for ordinary Americans despite any danger" bloviation replete with Flag wrap and puffed out chest. This guy is a BS salesman with a mouth full of sample.

    October 19, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Greg in Arkansas

    Self-inflicted threat to gain sympathy and more face time on TV.....????

    October 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. kate moore

    And when will the investigations of sedition and threats against the President begin? I suggest starting with Boehner and McConnell for their remarks on election night 2008, Mr. Cruz for his ongoing behavior in this crisis, and then continuing to include all of those who voted against the bill this week to re-open government. They certainly appear to meet the legal definition of sedition.

    October 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Mike Trottier

    Isn't this guy a communist from cuba, who was born in Canada.
    I wouldn't vote for this guy or any teatard.........period!

    October 19, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. conoclast

    Three salient things we Americans learned about the tea party during the shutdown:

    #1: They don't like us.
    #2 They're not all that completely sold on the Democratic Process either.
    #3 They're not above sedition and political extortion to promote their ideology.

    With "patriots" like these who needs enemies?

    October 19, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Is he trying to divert from the ethics violation charges against him?
    I am surprised that it's only one person since he has taken so much from millions!!
    If you are afraid all you have to do is go back to Canada or Cuba. That should solve the physical part of your problems.
    We don't want you in the US!!!

    October 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  10. J Reed

    I'd like to slap the man! Is that a threat?

    October 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Christopher Rose

    Don't make threats against this nutjob. It's not worth going to jail over this dirtbag.

    October 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. wendel

    one repo against another typical republican politics. I can understand the frustration with this idiot. vote the creep out.
    The jerk does not represent the American people. These tea baggers have done more to hurt the economy than help it

    October 19, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. vikingwoman

    I wouldn't be surpised to find out this was a paid stunt to a) keep Cruz in the news, b) elicit sympathy for the most hated man in the nation! That is, after all, the kind of 'trust' Ted Cruz inspires! Also, I'd like to point out that he's Not a Texan! Neither is Dubya! Try Ann Richards, Charles Umlauf, Molly Ivins & most recently Wendy Davis for proof of humane Texans! Cruz is an opportunist Texans had barely heard of before the Tea Party thrust him onto the national scene! Texas was just a spring board for him, kinda like his shutdown is supposed to spring board him into a presidential nomination! It's all going to 'heck' now though, huh Ted!?

    October 19, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Ted Cruz and the Security and Exchange of costing the American people 30 Billion to shut the government down .

    He could go to jail , then he would had full time protection !

    October 19, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Jerry

    I am hoping that whomever is doing the threats gets arrested and and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. I don't care if it's a Democrat, a Republican, an Independent; or whatever! Mr. Cruz is simply expressing his God-given FREEDOM of SPEECH. Would he be threatened if he was a Democrat?! I seriously doubt it.

    Could the threats be coming from the Obama goon squads?! Hum... I would not put it past them!!!

    October 19, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. yakson30

    What does he expect, he is messing with peoples lively hood. You do that and then brag about it and say you are going to do it again, people are going to get a little irritated. The vast majority of people in the US, whether Demo. or Repu are very moderate and do not want anything that Cruz is selling. If I was Cruz, I would not worry about the people that vocal about threats but the ones that say nothing.

    October 19, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Ed F.

    He should be arrested for sedition.

    October 19, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. grady

    these "threats" will be used by Ted to create an aura of martyrdom. There is no bad publicity for this demagogue.

    October 19, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  19. Isaiah

    Sounds like that veteran is a TRUE hero. Godspeed, soldier,

    October 19, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. fayse

    The GOP needs to learn how to use major "Cruz" control.

    October 19, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. scott

    hey teddy boy, u reap what u sow.....thiswas going to eventually happen....u shut the government down, u shut the v/a down, that threatens vets not getting their benefits on time....then u pretend to be pro vet which everybody knows is bs..sounds a lot of poking the tiger in his cage and then the tiger is let out

    October 19, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. IMPACTED AND ANGRY

    THAT"s what we call FREE SPEECH ! Mr. Cruz.

    October 19, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Chops

    Well this LIB (once busted and sentenced to a long stay in prison) should be all set now. 3 hots and a cot for about 25 years. Free Obamacare and cable TV. Does it get any better for a LIB than that? Stupid ass people, I swear.

    October 19, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. John

    Cuz is using Palins play book. He just wants the publicity so he can cash in like Palin. Don't be surprised if he resigns and hits the talk show circuit and a cushy consultant spot on Fox news in a year or so. They all have one interest and there,s nothing special about it. Its their own pocket$.

    October 19, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. steve-0

    Wahhhh!

    October 19, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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