On Wednesday at 2:18 p.m. Eastern time, cellphones across the nation collectively shrieked as the Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted a test of a new feature of its wireless emergency alert system.
The new presidential alerts will allow President Donald Trump to send messages about national emergencies directly to most Americans’ phones. The system also sends out AMBER alerts and warnings about extreme weather or other local emergencies.
So, on Wednesday, the majority of people in the United States received a “presidential alert” that looked a little like this:
And although it wasn’t Trump himself sending this alert from his mobile device (alerts will be sent from a FEMA official), a lot of Americans on Twitter treated the pilgrim message as if it were straight from the president.
In the great tradition of Twitter, jokes surged on the social media platform.
Here are some of the best of the bunch:
congrats to tiffany trump, who just received her first ever text from her dad!
— Johnny LaDeadnik 💀 (@jlazebnik) October 3, 2018
oh my god the president cut off my wedding planning call !!!!!!
— Lizzie O’Leary (@lizzieohreally) October 3, 2018
remember the good ol’ days when we got an unsolicited U2 album on our phone instead
— Greg Mania (@gregmania) October 3, 2018
I literally have still not gotten the #PresidentialAlert.
I didn’t know getting ghosted could ever make me this happy.
— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadtheactivist) October 3, 2018
Just got my “Presidential Alert” test on both TV and phone. It may may be 2018 but feels more like “1984”.
— Jake Snowflake™ 🇺🇸#KavaHELLnaugh🏳️🌈 (@jake_snowflake) October 3, 2018
My brother just texted me “It’s like an Amber alert except it’s used when someone has abducted your country.”
— Jennifer Mendelsohn 🇺🇸 (@CleverTitleTK) October 3, 2018