He didn’t make a big deal out of it.
He didn’t use this to a political advantage.
He apparently just let law enforcement do their job, and they did.
The news coming from the San Antonio Express-News today is that a man has been arrested, in connection to a case where he left death threats on the voicemail of Senator Ted Cruz, towards Cruz and his family.
While Cruz was not named in the case, it soon became clear that he was, in fact, the target.
The official allegedly targeted by James Amos Headley, 59, is not identified in court records, other than by the initials T.C., and prosecutors and the FBI won’t name him. The Express-News confirmed it is Cruz through other sources.
“Pretty soon you’re gonna be runnin for your life, just hope your family is not with ya because I’m not gonna insult them, I’m gonna kill them, right after I shoot you right in front of them…” court documents quote Headley as saying in a July 11 voicemail left at the official’s office at the U.S. Capitol.
This is somebody twisted.
It is also somebody who thought he’d never have to worry about being tracked down.
Agents quietly arrested Headley last week on a federal felony charge of threatening to assault and murder a public official with intent to impede, intimidate, and interfere with the official and his duties. Headley remains in jail, and his court hearing this week was postponed until next week.
So what could possibly have been the motive behind such a hateful attack against not just Cruz, but his wife and two young daughters?
The San Antonio Express-News confirmed through law enforcement sources and others sources familiar with the matter that Headley, of Live Oak, supports President Donald Trump and was upset with Cruz’s stance on a number of issues that don’t align with Trump’s views.
So it’s not even partisan hate. Trump supporters are willing to threaten their own party members, out of loyalty to Trump.
Senator Cruz hasn’t commented on the case, and Capitol police have kept pretty mum about their actions in the case, as well.
This is coming shortly after the June Alexandria ballfield shooting, that left Majority House Whip Steve Scalise fighting for his life in a D.C. hospital.
Last week, someone left a threatening note near the office of Senator Dean Heller, in Las Vegas, Nevada, saying that if he voted to repeal Obamacare, he would die.
This is the latest news of people who don’t know how to deal with dissenting opinions in politics, and it’s ugly.
The criminal complaint affidavit said a staffer for the official retrieved the voicemail on July 13 and reported it to Capitol police, who traced the call to San Antonio. With the help of the FBI here, the agencies identified Headley as the suspect, the affidavit said.
Headley admitted to the FBI that he was mowing the lawn, then came inside and watched the news.
“Defendant told agents he was upset with T.C.’s position on different policies and decided to call and leave a message demonstrating an intent to impede and intimidate a U.S. Official,” the affidavit said.
Headley also acknowledged having a Beretta pistol in the house, the affidavit said. And, to further show a judge that Headley has had access to other weapons, agents put in details in the affidavit from an incident in 2008. Headley’s wife told agents that, at that time, the couple argued, and Headley retrieved one of his rifles and put it next to him as he sat on the couch, the affidavit said.
During next week’s hearing probable cause will be determined, along with the possibility of bail.
Yeah, that shouldn’t happen.
If convicted, he’s looking at a potential 10-year sentence.
By the time he gets out, Trump will be long gone and maybe whatever vile psychosis he’s in the grips of will have let him go.