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

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“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. Disgusted!

    Fling enough cr@p into the universe and the wind will eventually change in your direction.

    October 19, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Patrish

    Cruz will do anything for attention – and if he was hoping for sympathy, well he didn't get any of mine. Does he think that everyone really likes him? I read that Nancy Pelosi is better liked than he is in congress and that's saying something.

    October 19, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. vinster76

    once again, I have to wonder at the lack of knowledge by those who think this man is evil. He is simply refusing to take part in the destruction of a once-great nation by spending it into oblivion. He is a real man of conscience, refusing to allow your kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren to inherit the mind-numbing debt foisted on us by an idiotic law.......grow up.....educate yourself as to the REAL intentions of the Tea Party. Then, come back on this site and whine about him....

    October 19, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    he is an idiot. just for his own ego he did the wrong thing . he made america the laughing stock in front of the world. he should be ashamed of himslf. i am sure people who chose him must be regretting.

    October 19, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. MoMO


    I am sure Obama gets hundreds of threats each day

    October 19, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Stephen

    He is not worth the effort. Like Joe McCarthy of the 50s, He will destroy himself. He is the best friend the Dems ever had. He dragged the Repubs into the toilet. Showed the US who they really are like Romney's secret speech.

    October 19, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. A traveler

    How long does it take the "moderator" to act?

    October 19, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. A traveler

    Ah, I see. CNN's moderator is a piece of code (or lazy or incompetent).

    October 19, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Matthew83128

    I think he should be pulled out of the capitol building and tarred and feathered.

    October 19, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. alfonds

    Ted Cruz for President–2016

    October 19, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. smokeee

    i don't blame that vet. Ted Cruz deserves a lot more backlash than being a hero in his little bubble.

    October 19, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. Taumy

    what is wrong with people?!

    October 19, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. 66Biker

    Those aren't threats, they're comments. A little heated, perhaps, but just comments. And certainly not worth wasting the time of the U.S. Capitol Police, who are far above the standard pay scale of your average Police Officer. Then again, what does Ted Cruz care about wasting taxpayer's money? He's typical of Republicon politicians who tax you, spend on themselves, then blame someone else for it.

    October 19, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Tom Sickler

    He will be taken out...in the next election year

    October 19, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Richard Hughes

    I would not ahead a tear over that creep!!!!!

    October 19, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Surthurfurd

    Those who tossed out those threats are Anti-American. I disagree with Cruz and found the tactics to be short sighted; but, those who threaten someone's life because they do not agree with them are a real threat to our Democracy.

    October 19, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. Disgusted!

    Fling enough c-r-a-p into the universe and the wind will eventually change in your direction.

    October 19, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Luis H. Hernandez

    I am embarrassed to call him part Cuban.

    October 19, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Surthurfurd

    If you threaten someone's life, you are a threat to our culture. I don't agree with Cruz; but, that is were we engage in discussion not promote harm.

    October 19, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Mike

    Does anyone else see the similarities between McCarthy and Cruz. Im thinking karma will take him out like it did to mccarthy!

    October 19, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. John

    Americans need jobs, then can buy their own health insurance without the government's assistance, a.k.a. taxpayers' money.

    October 19, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Brendan

    wow, so many left wing nuts making excuses and blaming republicans for making the threats. You guys are completely nuts and probably are the ones making the threats.

    October 19, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  23. mikeh

    Should b deported-not a Texan or American!

    October 19, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. cbp

    People are tweeting and texting so much these days that it is hard to know just what they are saying. The ir writing is not always clear. Nevertheless, Ted Cruz has been very clear in his remarks. He might decide to shut down the government again. Perhaps this time he will foot the bill. His antics cost us all a lot of money at a time when people are struggling. He and Senator Lee did not seem to understand how their actions would effect this nation. They both stood on a platform where a third member of they group made accusations against the President including accusing him of being an al quaida sympathizer and worse. Neither man repudiated those statements. This said more about their character than anything else he did. Great similarities to Joe McCarthy.

    October 19, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Namejeff

    I'm a 60year young man, everyone knows the tea party is racist...if you do not know you are not paying attention...same mentality as klansmen.............Texas has the most unisured, Rick Perry or Ted Cruz has not tried to help insure they get health care or anything else!...republicans know they are speedily beccoming the minority so they will do or say ANYTHING....The only reason they do not want affordable health care........could be compared to genocide...I live in Texas, I'll work for Wendy Davis campaign!!

    October 19, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
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