Police investigating threats against Ted Cruz
October 18th, 2013
10:24 PM ET
7 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.”

“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. DaveinCincy

    Surprise Surprise....liberals making physical threats...that's what you do when you have no intellectual argument.
    Cowards and cyberbullies. Probably the same liberals that were raping and murdering during the gathering of "minds" during OWS. Oh..how's that movement going?

    October 19, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. DaveinCincy

    @jim- You're a buffoon....making you'd make interesting news, if you had a job. Nancy boy....

    October 19, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. ash

    Now isn't he glad government he hates so much is keeping him safe from the nut cases.

    October 19, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Namejeff

    There is more Democrats and independents in Texas than Republicans!.....that's is why they are trying to suppress votes, being investigated by Federal Government....the only thing missing is klansmen garb.....

    October 19, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Guest

    I love him. He's one of the few trying to save our country from destruction.

    October 19, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. just me

    Cruz will waste no time at all in seeking protection from the government he despises. yeah, government sucks until you need it.

    October 19, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. FRANK m

    Cruz is protected by the no violence against imbeciles act of 1964.

    October 19, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Dick Delson

    Cruz is a total schmuck. He should dig a hole, jump in and hide.

    October 19, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. MaryM

    So, TPer, Ted Cruz has now angered the U.S. Veterans . America, thousand and thousand of Americans tried to warn you about these TPers years ago, but you would not listen. PLEASE, vote the wacko birds out of office ASAP

    October 19, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. ChrisM

    Ted Rafael Cruz needs to be voted out of Office ASAP. And the Veteran was probably talking about "taking him out a home" meaning Voting him out.

    October 19, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Jdubba

    We shouldn't advocate taking Cruz out but a good ass kicking might level him out a bit. One thing we should do is make sure he doesn't breed so future generations are spared from this insanity.

    October 19, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    Let's just call this a teaching moment.

    Next time, think twice before you and "the skirt" exploit veterans for political gain or a photo op!

    After all, some of them are trained snipers.

    October 19, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    I think the tweet should be investigated – and my guess is the guy is harmless and should probably use more explicit language next time ("Take him out at the ballot box,", "Send him packing next Nov 4," that kind of thing).


    October 19, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Jo Se

    Many of the internet comments are not intended to be taken literally, are miswritten, or are ambiguous.

    We do not need to be hysterical. Give freedom of speech great deference.

    October 19, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. American

    Obamacare is going to reduce health care availability by increasing cost and reduced supply because of disincentivizing medical practice. Why do democrats want people not to have health care? What a bunch of racists.

    October 19, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Paul Williamson

    Adolf Cruz and his SS band needs to be prosecuted for treason, before they become more dangerous to the US

    October 19, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  17. Wake up People!

    I highly doubt it was a "librul", Ted Cruz is a gift to the Democratic party. The more he talks, the more independents and moderate republicans listen, and then run the other way. Ted Cruz is whacko that needs taking out at the voting booth.

    October 19, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. Larry in Houston

    from what I'm gathering, or hearing, this is his first & last term....he's an embarrassment to his party, and to everyone else, for that matter...He won't make it to first base, next time around. The only ones who will continue to support this clown next time around, will be the ultra right wingers, who think they are always right, on every issue there is, but don't stop long enough to think about their own personal business, or their own personal lives...... If they did, I'll bet a dime to a dollar that they are in fact, living more of a moderate life, or even think more moderately, unlike what they publicly say

    October 19, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  19. Alaskan

    43% of republicans and 100% of democrats hope that Ted Cruz will win the nomanation in the 2016 presidential race.

    October 19, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Bea

    I don't wish any physical ill to befall this cretin, other than losing his reelection bid when the time comes.

    October 19, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Ted Cruz said Saturday that the GOP lost the government shutdown budget battle because some congressional Republicans turned on others, but that he doesn't think they will make the same mistake during the next political impasse.

    I hope America won't fallow the path of the insane ever again !

    October 19, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Obamacare is going to reduce health care availability by increasing cost and reduced supply because of disincentivizing medical practice. Why do democrats want people not to have health care? What a bunch of racists.

    You have no clue of what your talking about , do you ?

    October 19, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. rs

    The reason Liberals stoop to this level is because they are bored.
    Yeah, yeah. Boredom is why the GOP (and especially Mr. Cruz) just burned up $24 billion tax dollars.

    October 19, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. DENNA

    Is Ted seriously surprised? He may be a nut job but the rest of America is pretty on top of it. I do not wish to see this
    "man" harmed. However a sound thrashing at the polls will certainly get his attention -unless he is as stupid appears to be.

    October 19, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  25. HeyMcFly

    What's the frequency Kenneth? Remember Dan Rather and Morton Downey being "attacked"? A great way get press when you're feeling the spotlight moving away from you. Senator Ted does love the camera.

    October 19, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
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