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Here’s How People Lol’d During President Trump’s Presidential Alert

We all got the Presidential Alert test. What you might not know is that the text wasn’t Donald Trump’s idea. However, now that it’s Donald Trump in the White House, Americans are already beginning to sue the government for a violation of free speech rights.

Here’s the backstory and lo mejor reactions the Twitterverse had to the text.

On Oct. 3, you should have gotten a “Presidential Alert.”

@thehill / Twitter

The “Presidential Alert” was just a test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, you know–the one that sends out regional Amber Alerts? The test was meant to be a precursor to any “extreme” circumstances the White House wants to warn us about.

It was not written by President Trump.

@LilBratAn / Twitter

The message was just a test and was not crafted by the president. However, the message was received and was quickly turned into fun memes.

President Obama was the one who decided to take FEMA into the 21st century.

@barrackobama / Twitter

In 2016, cautious President Obama signed a law to protect us all. The system “shall not be used to transmit a message that does not relate to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster or threat to public safety.”

This happened during the 2016 presidential campaign.

FEMA tweeted out that, by law, you cannot opt out of “Presidential Alerts.”

@fema / Twitter

Tbh, opting out was likely the first thought from millions of Americans when we first learned about the upcoming Presidential Alerts test. Like, I can opt out of notifications from Facebook but not this?

Last week, three New Yorkers sued the federal government over the alert’s test.

@charlieINTEL / Twitter

Since the only way to opt out of the message was to turn off your phone, they’re arguing that it’s a free speech violation that, básicamente, is “an unconstitutional seizure of their electronic devices.”

The text sent some of us spiraling with questions like, “What next?”

@dangermarin / Twitter

Here’s the thing: while Obama’s stipulation is a good one, it’s one that’s open to interpretation. You’ll be able to turn off notifications for the Presidential Alerts, but not for the tests. So, then what would constitute a “test”?

The biggest question of all: why is DJT so ego?

@texasinafrica / Twitter

The text is literally crafted by FEMA, so why does DJT have to put his ego in the most pervasive and invasive government experiment to date? Just stop.

It has become a divisive system already and it is mainly just because of the word presidential.

@jesuslomeli16 / Twitter

After some introspection and thought I have determined that it is because I just don’t trust the president. Many Americans don’t so this kind of power that comes with these Presidential Alerts is what is concerning people.

For years, we’ll be asking each other, “where were you when the Trump text went out?”

@desmuri / Twitter

If you were at a taco truck, please @ me. What was that like? Did you buy more tacos? Was it because of grief or solidarity? Were they delicious?

#NotMyPresident started trending again.

@NEArlyiLLEGAL / Twitter

It was literally Wednesday, October 3rd, a once in 7 years “Mean Girls” holiday and we couldn’t even celebrate it truly.

Mexicans gave us all the jajas today.

@Pappiness / Twitter

I mean, it makes sense right? That’s how DJT learned how business deals are made. How do you build an empire? You get your dad to pay for it. Just anyone else.

Instantly, the memes started flowing.

@selfishmarco / Twitter

Some folks got real creative about what our dystopian reality could look like. What kinds of alerts would you expect him to send 300 million people all at once?

Perhaps Trump thinks his day son Twitter are numbered so he needs a backup.

@__Mauryyy / Twitter

Not everything is about you. The worst part of DJT, and his SCOTUS pick Kavanaugh, is the entitlement to power. I know, this is a fake text but I’m still having feelings about it.

An actual response DJT had from the Oval Desk:

@savinthebees / Twitter

Hilarious. That would be the most interesting Presidential Alert anyone can hope to receive.

People are cheering for the New Yorkers and their lawsuit against the Presidential Alert.

@THEMarissaC / Twitter

These are interesting times. The president of the United States is publicly disparaging reporters, threatening the media, and breaking with 40 year old presidential traditions of financial transparency.

This is not normal.

I’m cringing.

@MaxHBruno / Twitter

I know Santería is low on the list, so my direct family wouldn’t be affected, but let’s never forget our Muslim Latino hermanos.

In lighter news…

@dangermarin / Twitter

People were literally just tweeting at their friends about what a joke they think the Presidential Alert is. That is a ghost if I ever knew one.

There hasn’t been any word of another test but we’ll just have to see what happens.

@realDonaldTrump / Twitter

It has been a very stressful couple of years since the election. Some people just aren’t ready to be getting Presidential Alerts sent directly to their phones.

Take some deep breaths. Hug your family. Go buy some tacos.

@Semere_T / Twitter

It is all behind us. Now we can relax and try to move forward.


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