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House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) reported a swatting incident at his residence on Saturday, marking the latest in a series of similar pranks targeting U.S. elected officials.

Swatting, a dangerous prank involving false emergency calls to police, led to an unwarranted police response at Emmer’s home, as he shared on the social media platform X.

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This prank has recently affected numerous members of Congress. The tactic involves making deceptive calls to law enforcement and reporting serious threats or violence to elicit a high-alert police response that potentially endangering the victim. Presidential candidate Nikki Haley, along with Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Brandon Williams (R-N.Y.), have also been subjected to such hoax calls.

None of these swatting incidents have resulted in physical harm. However, they highlight a growing concern over the use of this illegal and dangerous tactic against public figures.

In response to these incidents, Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) introduced legislation aimed at intensifying penalties for those who orchestrate swatting pranks. Scott, who has himself been a victim of swatting, emphasized the bill’s intention to impose severe consequences on the perpetrators, referring to them as “cowards.”


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