January 29, 2024

Nikki Haley's home swatted after false claims of shooting, authorities confirm

GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley recently fell victim to a swatting attack, wherein a false report prompted a police response to her South Carolina home.

The incident, revealed on Sunday, involved a 911 call claiming a man had shot his girlfriend at Haley's residence in late December.

Swatting has targeted several politicians, including Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, with at least 27 documented attacks since November.

Swatting poses serious risks, as police responding to false reports could result in injury or death.

Responding to the 911 call at Haley's gated community home on Kiawah Island, police determined it to be a hoax. Kiawah Island's director of public safety, Craig Harris, confirmed on December 30 that it was a false alarm, mentioning that Haley was not on the island, and her son was with her at the time.

The email obtained by Reuters did not reveal the suspect or motive behind the swatting incident, but Harris noted ongoing investigations involving the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the FBI, and Haley's security team.

Amidst these developments, tensions have escalated between Haley and her political rival, former President Donald Trump.

Trump, the GOP frontrunner for the 2024 presidential election, has criticized Haley both on stage and via social media, recently referring to her as a "birdbrain" on his Truth Social platform.

In response, Haley labeled Trump as "totally unhinged" in a Fox News interview on Friday.

The rivalry intensified after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis withdrew from the race, leaving Haley and Trump as the primary options leading up to the New Hampshire primary election.

While Trump secured victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, Haley affirmed her commitment to the race, emphasizing that the GOP primary is "far from over," adding ongoing drama to the 2024 GOP battle.

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