(USA Features) Sen. Rand Paul said Friday he has gotten a number of death threats in the weeks since he has openly clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci during congressional hearings.
“This week, I’ve had five death threats just for being outspoken on it,” Paul said according to The Hill.
“I don’t know what the world’s coming to, you can’t ask honest, difficult questions that in the end have proved out that Dr. Fauci was not being honest with us, but as a repercussion, my family had white powder sent to our house, and five death threats phoned in,” he added.
The latest threats come after a suspicious white powder was sent to his home late last month, prompting a police response and a federal probe.
“I’ll finish what your neighbor started you motherf*****,” a letter in the package read, a reference to a beating the Kentucky Republican took from a neighbor in 2018 following a dispute. The package also contained an image of Paul with bandages and a gun to his head.
The letter and the threats have come after Paul has taken Fauci, the country’s lead immunologist, to task during a number of recent Senate hearings regarding his often-conflicting statements regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
In one exchange, video of Paul accusing Fauci of engaging in “political theater” with ongoing mask mandate recommendations even for vaccinated people went viral.
A string of emails recently exposed by a couple of media outlets appear to justify what Paul was getting at in that Fauci himself didn’t believe that masks were a preventable measure against COVID-19.
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keep out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a vey low risk location.” Fauci wrote according to an email dump acquired by Buzzfeed News.