Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was “swatted” at her home in Rome, Georgia at 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, after a pro-trans extremist made a false 911 call to the police. Five officers were reportedly dispatched to Greene’s house in response to an alarming false report. In an interview later Monday, Green said she had immediately grabbed her gun upon hearing a ruckus outside her front door, but she thankfully put it down before she answered.
The term “swatting” refers to the illegal practice of calling the police to make a false report about dangerous and illegal activity in an attempt to get law enforcement to raid the home of an innocent person.
Greene took to Twitter later Wednesday to thank law enforcement for handling the situation professionally.
“Last night, I was swatted just after 1 a.m.,” Greene wrote Wednesday morning. “I can’t express enough gratitude to my local law enforcement here in Rome, Floyd County.”
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
The swatter reportedly made a voice-masked call later on to the police department, stating that he was upset about Greene’s stance on “transgender youth rights.”
Authorities say they are investigating the 911 call.
High profile conservatives have long been targets of the dangerous practice, including former Trump advisor Steve Bannon just a few weeks ago, youtuber Tim Pool, and Human Events reporter Jack Posobiec.
Greene elaborated further on what happened on the Charlie Kirk Show, telling Posobiec, who was hosting the show, that “it was a scary situation,” and something she “never expected.”
“This is basically political terrorism,” Greene said, noting that Posobiec knows what it feels like because he has been swatted as well.
“I just want to say this. There’s no way I’m backing down,” she added, in reference to legislation she recently introduced that riled up the trans community.
MTG explained that her “Protect Children’s Innocence Act” would make it “a felony to perform any kind of so-called gender affirming care, which is really genital mutilation, hormone therapies, and puberty blockers,” calling such procedures “absolute child abuse.”
She pointed out that the swatting came just one week after she introduced the legislation, which she says has garnered “massive support” among Republican lawmakers.
“Everyone knows what a dangerous threat this is to our children,” MTG said. “If this is the war the left wants to bring, then they can bring it,” she added.
Greene said she was asleep in bed when the police showed up at her house, knocking on the door, and ringing the doorbell. She said, not knowing what was happening, she instinctively grabbed her gun because “I believe in defending myself.”
She said that she normally answers the door with a gun a night, especially if she doesn’t know who it is, “but this time I had a gut instinct not to take the gun with me to the front door, which was very out of the norm for me.”
MTG said as she approached the front door, she could see out the window a number of police officers outside her house with guns at the ready.
Greene said that when she opened the door, an officer asked her if she was okay, and she said yes, and that she had just been sleeping.
“They had received a terrible phone call at the 911 Center,” MTG told Posobiec, from someone reporting that her husband or boyfriend had been “shot five times in the chest in the bath tub.”
The swatter called back a second time to report that there were children in the home, she said.
“With those phone calls, they were setting up a very dangerous scenario,” Greene told Posobiec. She said she invited the police inside to look around, and they told her that she had been swatted. Police reportedly conducted a brief search of the residence and found nothing amiss.
“They were upset—rightfully so—and angry,” MTG continued. “I was very upset, I couldn’t believe someone would do that. I’m shocked because not only did they put my life and my family’s life in danger, they also put the police officer’s lives in danger, as well, she explained. “So whoever this person is, they deserve to be locked up.”
Rep. Greene announced on Twitter Thursday morning that she was swatted again, last night.
Swatted again last night.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 25, 2022