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Republican candidate Nikki Haley was targeted in second swatting attempt

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January 30, 2024

Targets have included figures publicly opposed to Trump, such as Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat who barred him from her state’s primary ballot.

Judges and at least one prosecutor handling cases against Trump have been targeted. But Trump backers such as US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene have also faced swatting attempts.

Guns drawn, elderly parents home

In the Dec 30 incident, Mrs Haley’s parents, aged 87 and 90, and their caretaker were home at the time, according to records received by Reuters on Jan 29, which provided new information on the incident.

Deputies “observed a silhouette of an individual through the second-floor window balcony. Deputies presented their weapons and ordered the individual to raise their hands,” an incident report from the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies then observed two people raise their hands, and possibly a third person, through the window.

The incident report did not identify the individuals.

But Mrs Haley said on Jan 28 that deputies had “guns drawn pointing at my parents.”

A deputy approached the front door and spoke to the caretaker, who said no one had been shot, the incident report said. Deputies later spoke to the homeowner, seemingly Mrs Haley, on the phone, it added.

“It put my family in danger,” Mrs Haley said in the Jan 28 TV interview about the Dec 30 incident. “It was not a safe situation. And that goes to show the chaos that’s surrounding our country right now.”

The call was made by a man who identified himself as “Travis,” according to the incident report.

Officials spoke with the occupants of the home and let them listen to the 911 call, but they “did not recognise the voice,” the report said.

Authorities were unable to locate the number the call originated from, the report added.

However, authorities appear to have more information about the Jan 1 call. The report on that incident, which was released to Reuters with redactions, said authorities had determined the caller’s phone number.

Mrs Haley and her husband bought the US$2.4 million (S$3.21 million) Kiawah Island residence in October 2019, local property records indicate. REUTERS

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