Police have blocked off Georgia Republican Karen Handel's neighborhood after reports that letters containing a white powdery substance and calling Handel a "dirty fascist" were left at homes of her neighbors.
A neighborhood resident posted a picture of the contents of the envelope. She told the Washington Free Beacon that several letters were distributed and that they contained white powder.
The content of the threatening letter, posted below, contains graphic language.
"Your neighbor Karen Handel is a dirty fascist cunt but I'm sure you already knew that," the letter says, according to a picture. "Take a whiff of the powder and join her in the hospital you Bourgeoisie motherfuckers."
"RESIST THE FASCIST TAKEOVER!!!!," it says. " STRING UP THE COLLABORATORS!"
The situation is being monitored by local WSB-TV by a helicopter.
Handel acknowledged the reports and said her campaign was coordinating with local law enforcement.
"This afternoon we had some suspicious packages delivered to our house and to our neighbors," Handel said. "The packages contained threatening letters and a suspicious substance. The police were quickly notified and street is now being blocked off. We will continue to coordinate with law enforcement as necessary."
The incident comes a day after a politically motivated shooting on Republicans practicing for Thursday's congressional baseball game.
Among the Republicans targeted by the shooters social media rants was Handel, who was labeled by the man as a "Republican bitch."
"Republican Bitch Wants People to Work for Slave Wages, when a Livable Wage is the Only Way to Go! Vote Blue, It's Right for You!" James Hodgkinson wrote on Facebook.
Handel responded to the information about Hodgkinson by saying that it is time to "work together in a civil and productive way."
"I am aware that the suspect recently made vile comments about me on social media," Handel said in her statement. "It also appears that the suspect targeted members of Congress specifically because he disagreed with their views."
"We should not allow our political differences to escalate to violent attacks. We must all refuse to allow the politics of our country to be defined in this way," she said. "Now more than ever, we must unite as a one nation under God. It is incumbent upon all of us to work together in a civil and productive way, even when we disagree."
Update 4:04 p.m.: This piece was updated to reflect comment from Handel.
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