Jokes and complaints as Trump sends ‘presidential alert’ to 225 million Americans

04.10.2018 23:03

By Alix Culbertson, news reporter

Hundreds of millions of Americans have received a presidential alert test on their phones from Donald Trump.

On Wednesday afternoon, an estimated 225 million people were sent the notification — accompanied by a loud tone and a vibration.

It read: "Presidential Alert. THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed."

Two minutes later, people watching television and listening to the radio also received an alert.


— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) October 3, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was testing the system to alert people about national emergencies for the first time.

But with people unable to opt out, the hashtag #PresidentialAlert became the top trending topic in the US on Twitter as people complained and joked about it.

Hours before the message was sent, a federal judge in New York rejected a lawsuit which sought to stop the messages.


— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2018

The lawsuit against Mr Trump and FEMA administrator Brock Long said the system was a "violation of Americans’ first and fourth Amendment rights to be free from government-compelled listening, as well as warrantless, non-consensual trespass into and seizure of their cellular devices".

People on Twitter agreed, with actor and activist George Takei tweeting: "Oh my. A ‘Presidential Alert’ emergency. I thought that was the entire Trump presidency."

Singer Katy Perry posted a screen shot with the caption: "BLOCKS."

My mom asked me how to turn off her phone cause she said she didn’t want trump texting her.

— B-Rye McDezzz (@B_RY3) October 3, 2018

Model and chef Chrissy Teigan said: "NOOOOOOO THE ALERT. IT HAPPENED."

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