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:
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 15, 2018
— Kelley (@kelleymcgrathx) October 3, 2018
I do not like this Donald Trump.
I do not like him on my phone.
I do not like his little clone.
I do not like him here or there.
I do not like him anywhere.#PresidentialAlert pic.twitter.com/cEbc5V7amL
— Molly Jong☠️Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 3, 2018
— Houston Zoo (@houstonzoo) October 3, 2018
I put my phone on the ground and sprinkled a salt circle around it.
I still got the presidential alert.
— Imani Gandy o—€ (@AngryBlackLady) October 3, 2018
— Andrej (@AndrejNkv) October 3, 2018
— E. Evan Ortiz-Mellark (@inthesegenes) October 3, 2018
— 🎃Old White Men👻 (@MissByx) October 3, 2018
— So-Called Saul (@socalledsaul) October 3, 2018
DID YOU GET MY FEMA SPONSORED TEXT MESSAGE? pic.twitter.com/2dCoDT4pHQ
— Summer Boyd (@summerlboyd) October 3, 2018
I just received my test FEMA text message from the president. Not what I expected. pic.twitter.com/MY1CRlDRJl
— Greg Kopycinski 🌼 (@GregKope) October 3, 2018
congrats to tiffany trump, who just received her first ever text from her dad!
— Johnny LaDeadnik 💀 (@jlazebnik) October 3, 2018
He already ruined Twitter.
— Rachel Nix (@rachelnix_poet) October 3, 2018
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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