Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) holds a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol following a non-public visit to the Holocaust Museum, to specific contrition for previous remarks about Jewish people, in Washington, June 14, 2021.
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Police responded to a false 911 call at the house of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene early Thursday morning, the second “swatting” call targeting the Republican congresswoman in two days, authorities confirmed.
Two officers showed as much as Greene’s home in Rome, Georgia, after receiving a call at 2:53 a.m. ET Thursday about “a male possibly shooting his members of the family after which himself,” in keeping with a report from the Rome Police Department.
The suspect, who called through an online chat that gave the impression to be a suicide crisis line, falsely told police responders that a person “got here out as trans-gender and claimed they shot the family” at Greene’s address, the report said.
“If anyone tried to stop me from shooting myself, I’ll shoot them,” said the caller, who gave officers the name Wayne Greene and warned that “they might be waiting for us,” in keeping with the police report.
The officers said they went to Greene’s house and met her at her front door, where they explained the situation. They “confirmed this was a second false report,” the department said in a press statement.
Officers couldn’t see a location utilized in the suicide chat line “because of the person(s) using a VPN,” the report said.
The department said it’s working with the U.S. Capitol Police on the investigation, which stays energetic.
Greene revealed in a tweet Thursday morning that she was “swatted again last night.”
Her spokesman Nick Dyer told CNBC he could confirm the incident. “Our primary concern is the protection of Congresswoman Greene and her family,” read an announcement from Greene’s office, which described the calls as “violent crimes” regardless that no violence occurred.
The far-right lawmaker, who’s supported by former President Donald Trump, was targeted in the primary swatting call around 1 a.m. ET Wednesday by an alleged opponent of her stance on transgender rights, police said.
That caller falsely claimed that a person had been shot multiple times in a bath at Greene’s residence.
Afterward, the department received a second call from that suspect, who was using a computer-generated voice as they 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.
Greene 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.