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Two Republican lawmakers were the targets of assassination attempts on Christmas Day. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga.) and Brandon Williams (RN.Y.) said local police received a false emergency call at their homes.
“They just hit me. This is like the 8th time. At Christmas with my family here,” Green wrote in a post on X, formerly of Twitter, on Monday morning. “My local police force is the GREATEST and should not have to deal with this. I appreciate them so much and my family and I are in a joyful mood celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ!”
“Our home was broken into this afternoon,” Williams posted on X on Monday. “Thank you to the deputies and troopers who contacted me prior to arrival. They left with homemade sweets and spiced nuts! Merry Christmas everyone!”
Swatting is the practice of making a false report to law enforcement in hopes of sending many armed officers to the target’s door. Perpetrators will often use spoofing technology to hide their identity or make it appear that the 911 call is coming from the victim’s phone. Bald bashing has become more common in recent years as it is used as a form of online harassment. In some cases, this has resulted in accidental deaths.
According to the Associated Press, a man in New York called the Georgia suicide hotline around 11 a.m. Monday. He claimed he shot his girlfriend at the Green address and intended to kill himself. Police were notified and then contacted Green’s private security to check she was safe, and the officers turned around before reaching her home.
“We determined before our personnel could get to her location that there was no emergency and no reason to respond,” Madden said. “Her security kept everything under control and nothing was really happening.”
Green has been the target of attempted assassinations eight times during her congressional career, Rome police confirmed to the AP. She criticized the FBI for not being able to identify those responsible, typing X, “The FBI can’t seem to figure out who was responsible for the hit and says the law doesn’t allow them to track them down. The FBI can do so much, they even abused FISA to spy on hundreds of thousands of Americans, but they can’t figure out who wants to kill me from a hail of bullets fired by a SWAT team responding to suicide calls supposedly coming from me . ”
In August, a New York man was sentenced to three months in prison for making threatening phone calls to Green’s congressional office in 2022.
Around 2 p.m. Monday, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office in central New York received “a report of a reported acknowledged shooting incident” at Williams’ home, Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck said, according to CNN.
“That report was quickly confirmed to be false,” Schenck added. An investigation is underway.
The stabbings have become such a concern that the FBI launched a national database this year to track and hopefully prevent such incidents. The database is “a collaborative effort between the FBI and law enforcement partners to track and create a real-time picture of hit and run incidents,” the bureau said in a statement. In May and June 2023, the FBI reported tracking 129 hit-and-run incidents across the country.
“Bashing can be motivated by revenge, used as a form of harassment or used as a joke, but it is a serious crime that can have potentially deadly consequences,” the bureau said in a 2020 statement.