"I think my phone just tried to grab me by the P*ssy."
Some 200 million Americans received a test presidential alert on Wednesday afternoon, and some liberals reacted with fear and loathing.
The alert, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was a trial of a wireless system that would allow US officials to inform citizens of national emergencies. It w
“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System," read the message sent out at around 2:18 p.m.
While the system was put in place by an Obama-era law, liberals were quick to blame President Donald Trump.
She was not alone in linking the test to allegations of sexual misconduct by the president.
I think my phone just tried to grab me by the P*ssy #PresidentialAlert— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) October 3, 2018
There is no due process on Twitter.
Others cited the Trump administration's difficulty -- inherited from its predecessor -- of tracking migrant children in federal custody.
Can someone tell me how it’s possible for this administration to send a text alert to 300 million people but can’t keep track of the kids they separated from their parents at the border? #PresidentialAlert— Francis Maxwell (@francismmaxwell) October 3, 2018
At least one person took a shot at Trump's relationship with his youngest daughter.
congrats to tiffany trump, who just received her first ever text from her dad!— Johnny LaDeadnik (@jlazebnik) October 3, 2018
“It was just a test. But make no mistake about it. This is the world in which we now live.”— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 3, 2018
That’s my final line in “Fahrenheit 11/9”. A few minutes ago, Trump gave us a preview of the state of emergency he is creating to justify the end of democracy as we know it. RESIST! pic.twitter.com/M8g3NebFQ2
All our lives dangle at the end of a wire. Ask yourself: who controls it? How else might it be used? #PresidentialAlert— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 3, 2018
The resistance started even before the alert went out.
Three New Yorkers had filed a federal lawsuit in an attempt to halt the test, claiming the system "violates their free speech rights and constitutes an unconstitutional seizure of their electronic devices," Politico reported Monday.
However, according to FEMA, presidential alerts, unlike other emergency alerts, cannot be turned off.
The agency further cited the Communications Act of 1934, which gives the president the authority to use "certain private sector communications systems for priority communications, such as sending alert and warning messages to the public, during national emergencies."
Meanwhile, some conservatives welcomed the idea of Trump's rhetoric reaching every American without their consent.
Now that we got the alert, it's time for the President of the United States to text all Americans his tweets— Samhain Scott (@ScottMGreer) October 3, 2018
For what it's worth: FEMA has said the president cannot personally trigger the system and he could not just
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