In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was “swatted” in a prank that was reportedly due to her stance on transgender rights.
Greene released news of the swatting in a tweet, saying, “Last night, I was swatted just after 1 am. I can’t express enough gratitude to my local law enforcement here in Rome, Floyd County. More details to come.”
Last night, I was swatted just after 1 am.
I can’t express enough gratitude to my local law enforcement here in Rome, Floyd County.
More details to come.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 24, 2022
Debbie Burnett, the assistant chief of police in Rome, Georgia, said that early Wednesday morning, someone called in a report of “a subject being shot multiple times” at a local address.
“When officers responded they discovered this was the home of Marjorie Taylor Greene,” Burnett said. “She assured the officers there was no issue and the call was determined to be a false call commonly known as ‘swatting.'”
The suspected caller, who spoke with a computer-generated voice to remain anonymous, called back after the swatting and said they were “upset about Mrs. Greene’s political view on transgender youth rights,” according to the police.
Swatting is a criminal harassment tactic, commonly used by gamers and streamers as a “prank,” in which someone calls 911 anonymously to report a fake emergency happening at the target’s address – an emergency that requires the police to arrive with a heavily armed response – resulting in a SWAT team being dispatched to the address.
This is a dangerous prank that has led to fatalities.