Senator Rand Paul has accused Richard Marx of encouraging violence against him after the Kentucky Senator received a mysterious white powder at his home.
The U.S. Capitol Police said that an initial test of a large envelope containing an unknown white powder that was delivered to the Republican lawmaker’s home in Kentucky on Monday found that the substance is not dangerous. “As a precaution, it was taken to an FBI lab for further testing,” police said a statement.
Paul, who had downplayed the threat of COVID, issued a statement Tuesday in response to the incident, saying that he takes these threats “immensely seriously.”
“As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family,” he added. “Just this weekend Richard Marx called for violence against me and now we receive this powder filled letter.”
Marx, a Billboard Hot 100-topping adult contemporary and pop rock singer-songwriter, is known for his anti-right wing positions on social media.
“I’ll say it again: If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume,” Marx tweeted last Sunday, referring to a 2017 incident when Paul was assaulted by his neighbor.
Marx was apparently responding to Paul saying that he will not get the Covid-19 vaccine.
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