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A fabricated emergency call led police to the residence of Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows following her controversial decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot.

This incident marks Bellows as the latest public official to fall victim to “swatting,” a hoax meant to provoke a large-scale emergency response. Although Bellows was not at home during the incident, and no suspicious activity was found, the event raised serious concerns about the safety and security of elected officials.

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Bellows believes the motive behind her targeting was her action against Trump, a move that followed a conservative activist sharing her home address online “in anger and with violent intent.” The Maine State Police also chimed in, saying they were “working with our law enforcement partners to provide special attention” to the matter.

The swatting attempt against Bellows is part of a trend targeting politicians, with US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Senator Rick Scott, and others also recently subjected to similar threats.


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