Man says text to ‘disembowel’ ‘impale’ candidate not threat

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Tyler Anderson, inset, faces charges alleging he sent threatening to texts to three presidential candidates (image via YouTube screengrab/WMUR). Background: Text messages seized by the FBI from the ‘deleted messages’ folder of Anderson’s cellphone (via Department of Justice).

A New Hampshire man accused of threatening to “impale” and “disembowel” political candidates over text message says most of his charges should be dropped because the alleged screeds weren’t “true” threats but protected speech under the First Amendment.

Tyler Anderson, 30, was indicted on three counts of interstate threatening communication in December. The texts were sent to then-Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and, as it was later widely reported in the wake of his arrest, to Chris Christie as well. Ramaswamy dropped out of the race in mid-January. A third candidate allegedly targeted by Anderson was left unnamed in court records.





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