Christmas ‘Swatting’ Incidents Target Republican Lawmakers

In an unsettling turn of events on Christmas Day, two Republican lawmakers, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Rep. Brandon Williams (R-NY), became the latest victims of “swatting” — an extremely dangerous criminal hoax that involves false emergency calls to police. This tactic not only wastes law enforcement resources but also poses a significant threat to the safety of officers, the individuals targeted, and innocent bystanders.

Greene, who has experienced swatting multiple times, took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to describe the latest incident. “I was just swatted. This is like the 8th time. On Christmas with my family here,” she posted.

A spokesperson for the Rome Police Department in Georgia corroborated this account, confirming the dispatch of officers to Greene’s residence following a call received shortly before noon. However, upon coordination with Greene’s security detail, it was determined that malicious actors fraudulently sent in the emergency call.

Greene has been subjected to these dangerous pranks more than half a dozen times since the summer of 2022. In one instance, a prank caller expressed discontent with Greene’s stance on alleged transgender rights. Greene maintains a resilient attitude, emphasizing her gratitude for the vigilance of local law enforcement, especially as the entire community was celebrating Christmas in her northwest Georgia community.

The Rome Police Department noted in response to Monday’s fake call that their now well-established rapport with Greene’s security detail has helped to ensure safe, swift, and coordinated responses to the repeated false alarms.

Meanwhile, Rep. Williams reported a similar swatting incident at his New York home. “Our home was swatted this afternoon,” he posted on X. Thankfully, his experience ended on a positive Christmas note, with the responding officers leaving with homemade cookies and spiced nuts. The House Republican expressed his deep appreciation for the professionalism and promptness of the law enforcement officials who responded to the bogus emergency call.

Greene has hinted at introducing federal legislation to combat swatting. This move could potentially address the legal loopholes that allow such pranks to continue with relatively little criminal investigation or serious consequences.

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