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Meme Of The Week: Presidential Alert Meme Is The Laugh We All Need

If you weren’t the recipient of one yourself, it’s a safe assumption that you know all about the presidential alert that went out this past Wednesday — essentially a group text that included almost everyone in the country. The alert was sent out in order to test out the Wireless Emergency Alert system, which notifies Americans in case of a national emergency, natural disaster, or terrorist attack.

It was only a matter of time before the text in the emergency alert was swapped with all sorts of messages and jokes, becoming the latest meme online.

There’s not much explanation or science to this meme, which doesn’t make it any less fun. It’s pure escapism, making classic jokes such as “U up?” and referencing Harry Potter movies. Users add in all sorts of jokes and they work really well if you picture Trump voicing the messages as if they were a personal text.

Don’t worry. The president can only text you in case of a serious emergency, so if you see a text like this one in the future, it means that the world is ending or something bad is happening. Let’s just laugh with some memes and pretend that everything is okay for once. You deserve it.


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