Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘swatted’ for second time in two days, police say

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Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) holds a press conference outside the US Capitol after a private visit to the Holocaust Museum, to express remorse for past comments about Jewish people, in Washington, June 14, 2021.

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Police responded to a fake 911 call at the home of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene early Thursday morning, the second “swatting” call targeting the Republican congresswoman in two days, authorities confirmed.

Two officers arrived at Greene’s home in Rome, Georgia, after they received a call at 2.53 a.m. ET Thursday about “a man who may have shot his relatives and then himself,” according to a report from the Rome Police Department.

The suspect, who called via an internet chat that resembled a suicide crisis line, falsely told police that a man “came out as transgender and claimed they shot the family” at Greene’s address, the report said.

“If anyone tries to stop me from shooting myself, I will shoot them,” said the caller, who named officers Wayne Greene and warned that “they would be waiting for us,” the police report said.

The officers went to Greene’s home and met her at her front door, where they explained the situation, the report said. They “confirmed that this was a second false report,” the department said in a press statement.

Officers could not see a location used in the suicide chat line “because of the person(s) using a VPN,” the report said.

The department said it is working with the US Capitol Police on the investigation, which is still active.

Greene revealed in a tweet Thursday morning that she was “beaten again last night.”

Her spokesperson, Nick Dyer, told CNBC he could confirm the incident. “Our primary concern is the safety of Congresswoman Greene and her family,” said a statement from Greene’s office, describing the calls as “violent crimes,” although no violence has occurred.

The far-right lawmaker, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, was targeted by an alleged opponent of her stance on transgender rights around 1 a.m. ET Wednesday, police said.

That caller falsely claimed that a man had been shot multiple times in a bathtub at Greene’s home.

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Thereafter, the department received a second call from that suspect, who used a computer-generated voice when she claimed responsibility for the incident.

The suspect “explained that they were upset with Ms. Greene’s stance on ‘transgender youth rights,’ and stated that they were trying to ‘SWAT’ her,” the police report said.

Greene had introduced a bill in Congress last week that would make it a felony to provide gender-affirming care to transgender minors.

The legislation came amid a growing right-wing movement against those treatments recently targeting Boston Children’s Hospital, which last week said it was dealing with an influx of hostile phone calls and emails, including threats of violence.

Greene later denounced media outlets criticizing her politics on transgender issues later Thursday morning.

“Those media companies are responsible for trying to get me killed by those horrific headlines,” she said in an interview with Steve Bannon, a right-wing media host and former top Trump adviser. “The disgusting left, the MSNBCs and the NBCs, putting the headlines that I’m targeting trans kids, that’s the biggest lie, and I should be suing them for saying things like that,” Greene said.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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