On Monday, May 24, 2021, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul received a suspicious package at his home along with an ominous threat.
Inside the package was some mysterious white powder along with a picture of Senator Paul. The picture showed him bruised, bandaged, and with a gun to his head. There was also a message threatening to “finish what your neighbor started.”
That threat refers to an incident in 2017 when Rene Boucher, Paul’s neighbor, ended up attacking him over a dispute about their yards and breaking his ribs.
Though the FBI examined the powder in the package and determined it not to be dangerous, the threat is still quite alarming, especially given the accelerating growth of political polarization in America.
What is especially strange about this whole incident, however, is that Senator Paul suspects that singer/songwriter Richard Marx may be behind it.
Did Richard Marx Threaten Rand Paul?
Why would Paul suspect this?
Well, for starters, back when Rene Boucher attacked Paul and severely injured him, Marx went out of his way to go on Twitter and publicly thank Boucher for what he did. The tweet in question read, “If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor, I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume.”
Twitter removed the tweet shortly after it was posted.
Paul suspects Marx because the threatening letter he received made explicit reference to his neighbor attacking him, and Marx openly approved of that attack.
“You know, hundreds of people on Twitter every day are wishing me violence, wishing my family violence,” said Paul recently when speaking to Fox News. He mentioned Marx as a suspect in the latest threat and then cast shade on him as “this songwriter from a long time ago that nobody has ever heard of.”
When Paul’s neighbor attacked him back in 2017, he broke many of his ribs. Paul claims to suffer the painful aftereffects of that to this day. After the attack, Boucher was arrested, put in jail for 30 days, ordered to do 100 hours of community service, then put in jail for a further eight months, and finally ordered to pay about $580,000 in civil damages to Paul.
It’s not yet clear whether the Senator’s suspicions are correct.