You may have heard your phone loudly buzz around 2:15 EST today. That was the president texting you. Well, not this specific time. It was FEMA testing the brand new “Presidential Alert” system. But the president can text you if they want to. Per TechCrunch (emphasis mine):
You might have noticed that when you received the alert, it was sent directly over the cellular network. Sending tens of millions of text messages would have ground the cell networks to a halt. Although today’s alert was sent by FEMA, any future presidential alert can be sent solely at the discretion of the president and can be issued for any reason. And, unlike other alerts, Americans can’t opt-out of receiving a presidential alert.
This is fine. I look forward to receiving a 4 am Presidential Alert text that says nothing but “WITCH HUNT!” Twitter lit up like a wildfire the moment everyone’s phones buzzed, and we are here to bring you the good photoshopped content from a platform specifically engineered for sardonic moments like these.
Jacob Weindling is a staff writer for Paste politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.