Authorities investigate online death threats against Ted Cruz
U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a series of violent threats made online against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday, which included the public posting of Cruz’s home address.
According to The Hill, the person, who identifies himself online as Troy Gilmore Jr., called for Cruz to be attacked at his home, writing on Twitter, “what goes around comes around.”
Gilmore’s anger towards Cruz apparently stems from his role in instigating the recent government shutdown; he wrote that Cruz “needs to be taken out the F*cker [sic] and Heritage Action Grp, Freedom Way and all Tea party b*stards they caused this.”
“We’re aware of it and have alerted the proper authorities.” a spokesperson for Cruz told The Hill. “I can’t comment further on security matters,”
The self-identified veteran, who claimed to have served in the Army and Navy, has also directed his invective toward not only Cruz’s fellow Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), but Democratic Party Vice President Joe Biden.
“I am a veteran and still waiting for my benefits,” Gilmore wrote to Biden on Thursday. “I filed in 2008.And I wrote u as well. Thank for nothing!!”
A 26-year-old Alabama man was sentenced in June 2013 to a year in federal prison after making several threats against President Barack Obama on Twitter.
Gilmore’s account remains active as of Friday night.
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