A suspicious package containing white powder was sent to the home of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., his office said Monday.
“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,” tweeted Paul, a Libertarian who caucuses with Republicans.
The suspicious package, which was sent to his Kentucky home, contained a white powder, his office told NBC News. The envelope was being examined for harmful substances and investigated by the FBI and Capitol Police.
It was not immediately known whether Paul was in Kentucky when the package arrived.
Pop singer Richard Marx tweet Sunday that he wanted to thank Rene Boucher, who was arrested and charged with assaulting Paul in 2017 over a dispute about yard waste that he alleged was being dumped in his yard near the property line.
“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 said. Boucher is scheduled to be sent to prison for eight months.
Paul, an ophthalmologist, has been vocal about refusing to be vaccinated, and he has routinely sparred with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, at Senate hearings.
He was the first senator known to have contracted the coronavirus when he tested positive in March 2020. Paul told a conservative host on WABC radio in New York on Sunday that he won’t change his mind unless “they show me evidence that people who have already had the infection are dying in large numbers or being hospitalized or getting very sick.”
“I just made my own personal decision that I’m not getting vaccinated, because I’ve already had the disease, and I have natural immunity,” he said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who have been infected still get vaccinated because experts are not certain how long natural immunity lasts.