FBI investigating Twitter threats against Ted Cruz

Did this grandfather threaten the Texas senator's life?


Kevin Morris


Published Oct 20, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 3:50 am CDT

Like a lot of Americans, jail chef and Army veteran Troy Gilmore Jr. was pretty angry at Ted Cruz, the Texas senator whose grandstanding faux-filibuster on the Senate floor has been widely blamed for sparking a political crisis that brought the government to a standstill for 17 days.

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On Twitter, however, Gilmore’s anger may have crossed a line. The FBI confirmed Saturday it’s working with Capitol Police to investigate  threats the grandfather and New Jersey native allegedly made against Cruz on the social media platform, ABC News reported.

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“Take down Ted Cruz, at his home,” Gilmore allegedly wrote on Twitter, where he went by the handle @ArmyVet54. “What goes around comes around CRUZ!!”

That call to action was a made a little more real when he posted Cruz’s supposed home address, repeatedly. Gilmore’s account has since been deleted.

Look who no longer has a twitter account. https://t.co/oEGKzNWaFp Serves him right for posting personal info about Cruz online

— Right Scoop (@trscoop) October 19, 2013

The FBI told ABC News it’s already interviewed Gilmore, but didn’t reveal if his posts on Twitter indicated a credible threat against Cruz.

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According to Gilmore’s LinkedIn, he currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, and he’s worked in the Department of Corrections for more than three decades. He also posted a brief biographical sketch:

I speak my mind and I do not back down from anyone you will definitely know where you stand with me as well as where I am coming from,and if that troubles people well guess what I am not going to loose any sleep over it because life is just too short to be playing the games people.

Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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*First Published: Oct 20, 2013, 12:27 pm CDT