On Monday, Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, announced the candidate was the intended target of an assassination over the weekend.
Authorities announced that police arrested Tyler Anderson of Dover, New Hampshire, and charged him with attempting to murder Ramaswamy and many of his supporters in attendance at a rally.
According to charging documents, Anderson was angered when he received a text message invitation to attend a Ramaswamy campaign event on December 8 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Anderson replied to the text, writing, “Great, another opportunity for me to blow his brains out!” and “I’m going to kill everyone who attends and then ____ their corpses.”
McLaughlin stated: “We are grateful to law enforcement for their swiftness and professionalism in handling this matter and pray for the safety of all Americans.”
Fox News reported Anderson could face up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Ramaswamy continued with the scheduled Monday morning campaign event at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth. He spoke for approximately 30 minutes and was available for an hour-long Q&A session.
Approximately 100 people share in the event.
Ramaswamy, a first-time political candidate, has done surprisingly well in the early months of the 2024 election cycle. However, in recent months his campaign has lost momentum and he trails front-runner Donald Trump by more than 30 points.
The Republican primaries begin next month in Iowa.
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