"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 was expected to reach about 75 percent of the 225 million cellphones in the country.


“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System," read the message sent out at around 2:18 p.m. “No action is needed.”

Much like with weather or amber alerts, recipients of the presidential alert felt their phones vibrate or heard an alarm announce the notification. 


News of the test caused concern among many who felt the system could be used to spread propaganda.


While the system was put in place by an Obama-era law, liberals were quick to blame President Donald Trump. 

Actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano suggested Trump had violated her.

​​She was not alone in linking the test to allegations of sexual misconduct by the president.

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. 

At least one person took a shot at Trump's relationship with his youngest daughter. 

Filmmaker Michael Moore saw the presidential alert as part of Trump's plan to destroy American democracy.

National Security Agency whistleblower and privacy advocate Edward Snowden issued a dark warning.

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.

For what it's worth: FEMA ​has said the president cannot personally trigger the system and he could not just "wake up one morning and attempt to send a personal message."


Germania is a staff writer at Pluralist.

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