Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a libertarian conservative, has been subjected to multiple threats and even violent assaults by leftists over the past few years, and that appears to have increased in recent weeks over his stance in favor of personal freedom against government-imposed pandemic-related restrictions.
The Washington Examiner has confirmed that Paul was once again subjected to a violent death threat and potential assassination attempt Monday when a letter containing an unknown white powder was mailed to his Kentucky home.
The incident is reportedly being investigated by local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the FBI and U.S. Capitol Police.
Politico was the first to report Monday that a suspicious package containing a threatening message and unknown white powdery substance was discovered at the senator’s home and handed over to authorities.
According to a senior adviser for the senator, Sergio Gor, the sender of the package remains unknown and the substance is currently being examined by law enforcement authorities to determine if it truly posed a threat of harm.
“At approximately 4:30 pm on Monday, the U.S. Capitol Police was notified a letter containing a powdery substance was sent to the Kentucky home of Senator Rand Paul. The person who found the letter called the local sheriff’s office,” the USCP said in a statement, according to Politico. “The USCP and FBI were also notified. An initial test determined the substance is not dangerous. As a precaution, it was taken to an FBI lab for further testing. Both federal agencies are investigating.”
The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that custody of the package was taken by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, which was receiving “forensic and technical support” in its investigation from the FBI Louisville office.
The package had initially been turned over by the sheriff’s office to the Bowling Green Fire Department’s WMD team for an analysis, which at first determined that the substance was non-toxic, though a more thorough analysis would be conducted.
New threat references prior assault
According to Fox News, in addition to the unknown powdery substance, the package also contained a picture showing a beaten and bandaged Sen. Paul with a rifle aimed at his head that read: “I’ll finish what your neighbor started you motherf*****.”
That was a reference to the violent assault Paul suffered in 2017 at the hands of his former neighbor, Rene Boucher, which left the senator with multiple broken ribs, multiple bouts with pneumonia, and required multiple surgeries to deal with lingering complications, according to the Examiner. Boucher was eventually convicted of the assault, spent time in prison, and was forced to pay damages.
More recently, in response to Paul’s confrontations with Dr. Anthony Fauci about the COVID-19 pandemic, likely as well as his refusal to take a vaccine, former 80s celebrity singer and outspoken leftist Richard Marx tweeted Sunday,
“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.”
Politico noted that Paul, citing that tweet, said in a statement, “I take 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. Just this weekend Richard Marx called for violence against me and now we receive this powder-filled letter.”