At 2:18 EST yesterday, nearly every cellphone user in America received a text message from Donald Trump. And people weren’t happy about it.
The message was sent to 75% of the cellphones in America and was a test of the new presidential alert system.
The way the system is works is the president sends an alert to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which then sends it out to every cellphone in the country.
The alerts aren’t supposed to be used for any purpose other than “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.”
Of course, with Donald Trump in charge, people don’t have much faith that he won’t abuse the system.
The internet’s response to the alert was pretty unified. It seems nobody–not a single American–wants Trump texting them.
First, the tweets…
— Mr. Energy??? (@RunRandallRun) October 3, 2018
— Mary Donnelly (@medonnelly01) October 3, 2018
If Twitter bans President Trump, he can just text us! #PresidentialAlert
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) October 3, 2018
The only #PresidentialAlert I wanna get is when that mothafucka is removed from office…
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) October 3, 2018
Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the American Democratic Alert System. Our president is dangerous, reckless, ignorant, hostile to women, hostile to critics, friendly to enemies, callous to victims, harmful to our environment…Urgent action is needed.
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) October 3, 2018
was in an apple store during the “presidential alert system” test so you can imagine how that went ???
— Cathy Kelley (@catherinekelley) October 3, 2018
“Presidential Alert: THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No acti–“ pic.twitter.com/FEwokAH8JV
— adele (@acodeofsiIence) October 3, 2018
I see Donald Trump tested the Purge announcement system today… #PresidentialAlert
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) October 3, 2018
— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) October 3, 2018
How do I stop a sexual predator from texting me?
Asking for 225,000,000 friends. #PresidentialAlert
— Frances Fisher (@Frances_Fisher) October 4, 2018
— AJ+ (@ajplus) October 3, 2018
We don’t need a text…. most Americans are already on a constant #PresidentialAlert
— aasif mandvi (@aasif) October 3, 2018
And now, the memes…