Full-blown panic, chaos and rage are being reported after all Hawaiians received emergency alerts on their cell phones, televisions and radios Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile attack was imminent.
Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.
President Trump was golfing at his Trump National Golf Club in Florida near his Mar-a-Lago estate when the alert was sent.
Congresswoman Gabbard told MSNBC: “Our leaders have failed us. Donald Trump is taking too long. He's not taking this threat seriously ... This is literally life and death that is at stake.”
“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here of a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii," Gabbard said during a phone interview on CNN minutes after the alert was broadcast across the islands. “This is a real threat facing Hawaii," she said.
There was no follow-up text saying it was a false alarm until 38 minutes after the original alert.
Hawaiian Governor David Ige told CNN that someone had “pressed the wrong button” during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
Patrick Granfield, a former strategic communications director at the Pentagon under President Obama tweeted “thank God the President was playing golf.” Granfield posted the tweet after Hawaii officials declared the emergency alert was a false alarm.
Thank God the President was playing golf. pic.twitter.com/K7wPtsevGO
— Patrick Granfield (@pgranfield) January 13, 2018
HAWAII - THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO INCOMING MISSILE. THE ALERT WAS SENT OUT INADVERENTLY. I HAVE SPOKEN TO HAWAII OFFICIALS AND CONFIRMED THERE IS NO THREAT. pic.twitter.com/hwRGct2aTa
— Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiPress) January 13, 2018
Holy hell this is terrifying.
This is the exact moment the Hawaii Emergency Alert System for the Ballistic Missile alert interrupted Hawaiian TV. #Hawaii #BallisticMissle #EAS pic.twitter.com/gzLCBgqHVG
— Chris Strider (@stridinstrider) January 13, 2018
This is the full text of the emergency alert that was mistakenly issued for Hawaii. Again, NO missiles have been launched. pic.twitter.com/FLGSd4Er9V
— Michael van Poppel (@mpoppel) January 13, 2018
A big shout out to @realDonaldTrump and his incompetent administration for not getting in front of this Missle false alarm situation that my family in Hawaii had to deal with for 38 agonizing minutes before they knew it was false alarm. Enjoy Mara Lago, you dirtbag.
— Joy (@Tnc1618) January 13, 2018