Rep. Greene Targeted In ‘Swatting’ Incident On Christmas Day

The disruptive and potentially dangerous practice known as “swatting” has become increasingly common in recent years as individuals use it primarily to target victims based on partisan or ideological differences.

Swatting is characterized by the filing of a false police complaint that results in police officers — particularly a SWAT team — arriving at the home of a target.

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has reportedly been the recipient of multiple such false alarms in recent years, including one that disrupted her Christmas holiday this week. Confirming the incident in a social media post, she said it was “like the 8th time” that she had been swatted.

In a statement on the matter, a Rome, Georgia, police spokesperson noted that emergency calls were received by that agency as well as one in New York City with the same name.

“When en route to the address, personnel with the Rome [Georgia] Police Department coordinated with Greene’s security detail to ensure her safety as well as determine that there was in fact no emergency at the address,” the source explained.

The call originated in Rome, New York, according to Maj. Rodney Bailey of the Georgia agency, and the caller alleged to have shot his girlfriend and was planning to kill himself at Greene’s residence.

In her social media post, Greene expressed gratitude for the professionalism displayed by the officers involved.

“My local police are the GREATEST and shouldn’t have to deal with this,” she wrote. “I appreciate them so much and my family and I are in joyous spirits celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ!”

The Georgia congresswoman was not the only GOP lawmaker who reported being on the receiving end of a swatting scheme. Rep. Brandon Williams (R-NY) said that his residence was also targeted, but the officers who arrived acted in a similarly commendable manner.

Greene noted that the swatting incident on Monday came just days after she received a troubling death threat in the form of a message from someone expressing a desire to violently attack her, her boyfriend, and former President Donald Trump.

She was swatted last year by someone who reportedly expressed disapproval of her opposition to exposing children to controversial gender hormone therapy and other procedures.