It’s a system that is supposed to only be used during emergencies, but that probably won’t stop Donald Trump from using it to attack people anyway.
Not only will Trump have the codes to America’s nuclear arsenal, he’ll have access to a tool that gives him the power to send unblockable text messages to every American with a cell phone through the emergency text alert system.
According to CNET,
Wireless Emergency Alerts are a program created by a 2006 act of Congress. The so-called “WEAs” can be targeted messages sent to all mobile phones in a particular area, like Amber alerts, or to all phones nationally, like an alert issued by the president…
The messages are limited to 90 characters but Trump has mastered Twitter’s 140 character limit so he wouldn’t have much problem adapting.
And once he does, he can start sending out text messages to everyone in the country that are similar to these tweets in order to launch petty attacks against anyone who disagrees with him or insults him.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
I cancelled today’s meeting with the failing @nytimes when the terms and conditions of the meeting were changed at the last moment. Not nice
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2016
You see, it’s not enough that 16.4 million people already voluntarily get these daily lies and attacks in their Twitter feeds. Trump would be able to make sure that hundreds of millions of Americans get them, too, whether they want them or not.
Now, it’s possible that Trump won’t take advantage of such a system but we’re talking about a thin-skinned toddler of a man who thirsts for power and revenge and will use whatever means possible to achieve them. The ability to publicly and instantly humiliate someone nationwide will be an awfully tempting tool to put in Trump’s tiny hands.
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