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Nikki Haley Shares Harrowing Experience of Swatting Attack at Her Residence

On a recent Sunday, Nikki Haley, the former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina governor, shared unsettling details about a swatting incident at her South Carolina home. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Haley recounted the distressing event, noting that although she was not present, her elderly parents and their caregiver were confronted by law enforcement officers with weapons drawn due to a false emergency call.

Haley, who is currently running for the Republican presidential nomination, revealed that this wasn’t the first occurrence of swatting at her residence, marking at least the second time such an incident has happened. She described the event as a reflection of the current tumultuous state of the nation, highlighting the growing concern over such dangerous pranks.

Swatting involves making a deceptive emergency call to dispatch law enforcement to a specific location under false pretenses. In Haley’s case, the Kiawah Island home was targeted last month by an individual falsely claiming an urgent and violent situation, leading to a swift response from local authorities. The incident was later identified as a hoax, with no immediate information on the suspect or their motives.

This incident at Haley’s home is part of a worrying trend of swatting attacks against political figures and judiciary members, increasingly prevalent in the lead-up to the 2024 elections. Experts link this rise to the highly charged political atmosphere.

In a related event, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer reported a swatting incident at his home, emphasizing the misuse of police resources and the nationwide risk this illegal activity poses to elected officials. Emmer highlighted the seriousness of these pranks, which not only endanger the targets but also strain law enforcement resources.