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Rand Paul accuses Richard Marx of trying to have him assassinated

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and singer Richard Marx
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and singer Richard MarxPhoto: composite/Shutterstock

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) received an anonymous death threat this week and instead of the actual perpetrator, the oddball politician is blaming… singer Richard Marx. Marx, whose last number-one hit was in 1991, has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and his Republican enablers.

The package sent to Paul was filled with white powder and included a threatening note and image that referenced the senator’s fistfight with his neighbor.

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The note included a photo of a bandaged and bruised Paul with a gun pointed at his head. At the bottom, it says “I’ll finish what your neighbor started, you motherfucker.”

The day before, Marx had tweeted, “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.”

The singer was spurred by reporting that Paul, who has championed bans on some forms of health care for women and transgender people, is refusing to get the COVID vaccine because “medical decisions” are personal.

Anything sent through regular mail would take longer than 24 hours to arrive. But that didn’t stop Paul from blaming Marx for some reason.

“I take these threats immensely seriously,” Paul said in a statement. “I have been targeted multiple times now, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to advocated for violence against me and my family. This must stop. Just this weekend Richard Marx called for violence against me and now we receive this despicable powder filled letter.”

After Paul blasted the 80s singer, MAGA trolls flooded his Twitter timeline with accusations and vulgarity. Marx, however, shot back, skewering Paul’s supporters with vicious glee.

“Now if someone says they support violence against @richardmarx Twitter will suspend/ban that account,” congressional candidate John Dennis tweeted. “But Mr. Marx glorifies violent assault with no repercussions. OK.”

“You see, Johnny-Bob,” Marx responded, “unlike your hero/führer now residing down at MaraLoco, I never incited nor even suggested anyone be violent. Certainly not towards the traitor known as Rand Paul. I’m just saying that the fact someone slugged him doesn’t break my heart.”

Another GOP candidate, Robby Starbuck, tried the same tactic, tweeting “1 day after this tweet Rand Paul received an envelope with white powder in it, a note saying “I’ll finish what your neighbor started” and a fake photo of Rand beaten up with a gun to his head. Twitter bans Republican grandmas for ridiculous reasons yet still leaves this tweet up.”

“Yeah, Robby,” Marx shot back. “I’m the only person on Twitter who’s ever referenced Rand Paul’s neighbor. Must have been me. This was also a day after that traitor made a public showing of refusing the vaccine. Also, you’re a grown man still using ‘Robby’ so I’m not surprised you’re an idiot.”

“One hit wonder in 1988 and he’s been coasting on that for 33 years,” another user sent.

“If by ‘one hit’ you mean ‘after another’ then, yeah that’s fair enough,” Marx replied.