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These Responses to FEMA’s Presidential Alert Test Are Peak Internet Culture

We're just here for the memes.

This afternoon, almost every American’s cell phone screeched to life thanks to a test run from FEMA’s nationwide wireless emergency alert system. The alert is designed for crisis situations, such as terrorist attacks or nuclear threat. This is nothing new, and the system has been tested before. However, this time the test was known as the “presidential alert,” striking fear into the hearts of an angry nation that has zero desire to receive non-consensual texts from Donald Trump. Can you blame them?

Predictably, the alarm test triggered a wave of annoyance, frustration, and funny tweets and memes about Trump, the system, and cell phones. We’ve collected our favorite responses below:

Ultimately, we will never have to worry about getting a 4AM alert text from Trump. “The President will not originate this alert, say, from his mobile device,” a senior FEMA official told reporters on Tuesday. “You would not have a situation where any sitting president would wake up one morning and attempt to send a particular message.” Weird. I wonder where that official got the idea that we were specifically worried about a president who wakes up in the morning and fires off ill-advised messages.

A small mercy, but a mercy nonetheless. Now if we could just delete his Twitter account, we’d finally be getting somewhere.

(via CNN, image: Pexels)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.