Rand Paul, the COVID-skeptical Republican senator from Kentucky, took to Twitter to insinuate that the mysterious powder he got at his home was the result of musician Richard Marx “encouraging violence” against him.
In a statement released Tuesday, Paul said, “I take these threats extremely seriously.” “It is terrible that Twitter permits C-list celebrities to advocate violence against me and my family, as I have been a frequent target of abuse. Richard Marx just urged for violence against me over the weekend, and now we get this powder-filled letter.”
The FBI was reported earlier in the day to be looking into a huge envelope containing an unknown white powder that was delivered to Paul’s Kentucky residence on Monday. “An first test determined the drug is not dangerous,” the US Capitol Police said in a statement. It was taken to an FBI lab for additional testing as a precaution.”
Marx has been well-known in recent years for his caustic tweets criticising right-wing beliefs and the politicians who preach them, which are frequently shared by fans who have grown to love his commentary regardless of whether or not they were fans of his string of pop hits.
“I’ll say it again: If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbour, I’m going to hug him and buy him as many cocktails as he can consume,” Marx tweeted on Sunday. Marx was alluding to a 2017 incident in which Paul’s neighbour pleaded guilty to attacking a member of Congress following an ostensibly non-political altercation that resulted in the senator’s broken ribs.
Marx has been a vocal critic of Paul’s downplaying of the severity of the COVID-19 crisis and his anti-mask and mass vaccination stances.
“Do you have any idea who placed many people’s lives in jeopardy?” On Monday night, Marx tweeted a link to a March 2020 news report about Paul being the first senator to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.
According to Fox News, the white powder envelope was accompanied by a photograph of Paul wearing a neck brace, arm cast, and crutches, along with the phrase, “I’ll complete what your neighbour started, you motherfucker.” The FBI has not confirmed Fox’s report’s authenticity.
Since Paul’s retweet, the singer has largely been doing retweets, though he displayed his sense of humour when he replied to a tweeter who asked, “How could you know if Richard Marx was cancelled?” with, “That’s actually quite funny” and a pair of clapping-hands emoji.
“It is me who is saddened that someone who seems as bright as you wouldn’t possess the insight to both disagree with someone’s politics and like their artistry,” Marx wrote on Twitter Monday in response to another dissenter. Jon Voight is a deranged traitor in my opinion, but he’s a fantastic actor.”
A request for response from Marx’s representatives was not immediately returned. The singer’s memoir, “Stories To Tell,” will be released on July 6th.
Paul isn’t the only entertainer with whom he has a verbal sparring match. Since Colbert does not appear to have referenced Paul on Twitter in recent weeks, the senator devoted several tweets Tuesday to addressing TV personality Stephen Colbert by his Twitter name, presumably for something said on the air.