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Cops go to home of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in response to ‘swatting’ call

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks to reporters as she leaves the Capitol after the last vote of the week on Friday, May 14, 2021.

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Law enforcement officials showed up at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s home overnight after an alleged opponent of her stance on transgender rights made a false 911 call, authorities in Georgia said Wednesday.

The “swatting” call falsely claimed that a person had been shot multiple times in a bath at a residence in Rome, Georgia, the town’s police department said in a report shared with CNBC.

The Rome Police Department at 1:04 a.m. ET dispatched five officers, who learned en route that they were headed to Greene’s house, the report said. They rang the doorbell and were met by the Republican congresswoman, who “assured us there was no issue,” the report said.

A spokeswoman for the department told CNBC that the officers checked Greene’s home.

Afterward, the department received a second call from a suspect using a computer-generated voice who claimed responsibility for the incident.

The suspect “explained that they were upset about Ms. Greene’s stance on ‘trans-gender youth’s rights’, and stated that they were attempting to ‘SWAT’ her,” the police report said.

The department said it’s working with the U.S. Capitol Police on the investigation, which stays lively. The Capitol Police declined CNBC’s request for comment.

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Greene, a far-right lawmaker backed by former President Donald Trump, had introduced a bill in Congress last week that will make it a felony to offer gender-affirming care to transgender minors.

The laws got here amid a growing right-wing movement against those treatments that recently targeted Boston Kid’s Hospital, which said last week that it’s coping with an influx of hostile calls and emails, including threats of violence.

“Right away, Congresswoman Greene’s safety is our primary concern,” Greene’s spokesman, Nick Dyer, said in a press release to CNBC.

Dyer called Greene the “victim of a political attack on her family and residential” and likewise described it as a “violent crime,” though no violence is alleged to have occurred.

Greene first revealed being swatted in a tweet.

In an interview later Wednesday, Greene said she was startled by the police presence at her home, but decided not to hold a gun as she answered the door, “which was very out of norm for me.”

The swatter endangered each her and the officers, Greene said within the interview with “Real America’s Voice,” a conservative outlet. “Whoever this person is, they should be locked up,” she said.

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