Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green was the target of an attempted hit-and-run at her Georgia residence on Christmas morning, the congresswoman and local police said, marking the latest case of someone calling in a fake emergency to try to draw in armed officials. or SWAT teams her home.
The Rome, Ga., police department quickly confirmed the call was a hoax and did not send officers to the house, department spokeswoman Kelly Madden said.
“I just got hit. This is like the 8th time. At Christmas with my family here. My local police force is the GREATEST and shouldn’t have to deal with this,” Green wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
A New York man called a Georgia suicide hotline shortly before 11 a.m. Monday, claiming he had shot his girlfriend at Greene’s home and that he was going to kill himself next, Madden said. The call was quickly turned over to police when officers at the suicide hotline recognized the Georgia congresswoman’s address.
The department said it contacted Green’s bodyguard to confirm she was safe and that there was no emergency at her residence. The call was then determined to be an attempted hit-and-run, so the police response was called off en route, Madden explained.
“We determined before our personnel could get to her location that there was no emergency and there was no reason to respond,” she said. “Her security kept everything under control and nothing was really happening.”
The congresswoman, who represents the northwestern Georgia towns of Rome, Dalton and Calhoun, spent her first term stripped of commission assignments by the former House Democratic majority over racist comments, her embrace of conspiracy theories and her past endorsement of violence against law enforcement officers. The Democratic Party. It has since gained more influence under the current Republican leadership of the House of Representatives and continues to be a firebrand for the far right.
Green’s statement that she was the target of approximately eight attempted beatings was accurate, Madden said. Previous calls claimed dead bodies were found in the bathtub and other parts of her home, which is about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. Last year, police also responded to false reports of shots fired outside her residence.
The department said it sent officers to the house in response to those previous incidents, but has since established a close working relationship with Green’s security, allowing officers to better assess the threat level. The Division of Criminal Investigations was working to identify the caller Monday and build a case, Madden said.
Another New York man was sentenced to three months in prison in August for making threatening phone calls to Greene’s office in Washington, DC.
Republican Rep. Brandon Williams said in a post on X that he was also the target of an attempted beating on Christmas Day. The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office said it received a false report of a shooting at the congressman’s home in central New York and dispatched officers to confirm there was no immediate danger. Sheriff Brian Schenck did not immediately return phone messages requesting more details.
“Our home was broken into this afternoon,” Williams wrote. “Thank you to the deputies and troopers who contacted me before they arrived. They left with homemade cookies and spiced nuts! Merry Christmas to all!”