U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene Subject to Unsuccessful Swatting on Christmas

by Lucas Garcia
Swatting Attempt

On Christmas morning, a swatting attempt targeted U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene at her residence in Georgia, according to statements from the congresswoman and local law enforcement. This incident is a recent example of someone making a false emergency call to prompt a response from armed law enforcement or SWAT teams to Greene’s home.

The Rome Police Department rapidly determined the call to be fraudulent and decided not to dispatch officers, as stated by department spokesperson Kelly Madden.

Greene shared in a post on a social media platform, formerly known as Twitter, “I was just swatted. This happens for the 8th time. During Christmas with my family. Our local police are outstanding and should not have to face this.”

The hoax originated from a man in New York who contacted the Georgia suicide hotline shortly before 11 a.m. on Monday. He falsely claimed to have shot his girlfriend at Greene’s residence and threatened to commit suicide, Madden reported. The call was forwarded to the police when hotline workers recognized the address as that of the congresswoman.

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The police, after consulting with Greene’s private security, confirmed her safety and nullified the emergency at her residence. This led to the cancellation of the police response en route, Madden clarified.

“We ascertained before our team could reach her that there was no actual emergency and no need for a response,” Madden said. “Her security team had everything under control with no real incident occurring.”

Greene, representing Rome, Dalton, and Calhoun in northwest Georgia, faced removal from committee assignments in her first term by the previous House Democratic majority, citing racist remarks, conspiracy theory endorsement, and past violent rhetoric against Democrats. Under the current Republican leadership, she has gained more influence and remains a prominent figure on the far-right.

Madden confirmed that Greene’s claim of approximately eight swatting attempts is accurate. Earlier calls falsely reported dead bodies in her home, situated about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. Last year, police also responded to sham reports of shootings near her residence.

The department, having responded to previous incidents, now has a strong collaboration with Greene’s security, enabling better threat assessment. Efforts are underway by the criminal investigations division to identify the caller and build a case.

Additionally, another New York man was sentenced in August to a three-month prison term for threatening calls to Greene’s office in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Representative Brandon Williams also reported a Christmas Day swatting attempt. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s office acknowledged receiving a false shooting report at Williams’ residence in central New York, dispatching officers to verify safety. Sheriff Brian Schenck has not yet provided further details.

“Our house was swatted this afternoon,” Williams stated. “Grateful to the Deputies and Troopers who reached out before arriving. They departed with homemade cookies and spiced nuts. Merry Christmas to all!”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Swatting Attempt

What is swatting, and why was Marjorie Taylor Greene targeted?

Swatting is a dangerous prank where someone falsely reports an emergency, prompting a SWAT team response. Marjorie Taylor Greene was targeted due to her controversial political stance.

How did law enforcement respond to the swatting attempt?

The Rome Police Department quickly determined the call was a hoax and did not dispatch officers. They consulted with Greene’s security team to confirm her safety.

Has Marjorie Taylor Greene been targeted like this before?

Yes, she claims to have experienced approximately eight swatting attempts in the past, with false reports ranging from shootings to dead bodies at her residence.

What are the consequences for those who engage in swatting?

Engaging in swatting can lead to criminal charges and imprisonment, as seen in the case of a New York man sentenced to three months for threatening calls to Greene’s office.

How has Marjorie Taylor Greene’s political career been affected?

In her first term, Greene faced consequences, including losing committee assignments, due to her controversial remarks and beliefs. However, she has gained influence under the current Republican leadership.

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PoliticsEnthusiast456 December 26, 2023 - 11:48 pm

Marjorie Taylor Greene in some hot water b4, but she gain power now.

AnonymousWriter123 December 27, 2023 - 3:44 am

wow, ths s scary stuff, swatting is bad.

InfoBuff December 27, 2023 - 8:22 am

Need to stop swatting, it’s no joke. Good police response tho.

GrammarNerd55 December 27, 2023 - 1:38 pm

Lots of typos here, needs proofread.


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