There was an ever-present fear among Democrats during the 2016 campaign of what would happen if Donald Trump had nuclear capabilities. On Saturday, they almost found out exactly how he would respond when, for 38 minutes, Hawaii residents believed they were under a ballistic missile attack.
Local Hawaiians and those visiting received a text like this on their phones:
6 mins into our ride here in Hawaii and this is the text I just received? Not sure what to do. Sirens are going off. pic.twitter.com/D5USDAw3wp
— Emily Batty (@emilybatty) January 13, 2018
It turned out to be a false alarm, but Trump's detractors wasted no time blaming the whole thing on Trump, including a former Obama-era defense official, Patrick Granfield:
Thank God the President was playing golf. pic.twitter.com/K7wPtsevGO
— Patrick Granfield (@pgranfield) January 13, 2018
Trump was golfing at his own Trump International Golf Course in Florida when the alert went out.
This Hawaii missle scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE. HUBRIS. NARCISSISM. RAGE. EGO. IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) January 13, 2018
An infographic shows just how long it would take a missile from North Korea to hit different U.S. cities, and it lists Honolulu at 37 minutes.
38 minutes later, another mass alert was sent out through the EAS system stating that the initial alert was a false alarm.
— Gene Park (@GenePark) January 13, 2018
We all breathed a sigh of relief.
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