No joke. This is not “The Onion” or the “National Enquirer.”
Hawaii’s Democrat governor actually couldn’t notify the public that an incoming ballistic missile alarm was false because he forgot his Twitter password.
From Daily Wire:
Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, now says he couldn’t inform state residents that a warning of an imminent missile attack was a false alarm because he forgot his Twitter password. The frightening admission comes 10 days after Hawaiians were throw into a panic for nearly 40 minutes over the warning.
An employee accidentally triggered the missile defense warning on January 13 by pushing the wrong button — twice. He sent a message to all mobile phones warning them of an imminent ballistic missile attack. Some residents placed their children in sewer drains in an effort to survive the blast.
The cancellation message was sent 17 minutes after the alert, but it was 38 minutes before the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed the message was sent in error, tweeting, “NO missile threat to Hawaii.”
Honolulu Star-Advertiser has more:
Ige was asked about that delay when he met with reporters after his State of the State address today, and he said that “I was in the process of making calls to the leadership team both in Hawaii Emergency Management as well as others.”
Ige added that “I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one of the changes that I’ve made. I’ve been putting that on my phone so that we can access the social media directly.”
More from New York Daily News:
The employee who sent out the false alarm has been reassigned, and the executive officer of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Agency is planning to retire by year’s end.
Toby Clairmont, who told the Associated Press his retirement has been two years in the making, said his decision has nothing to do with the bungled alert.
How crazy is that?
The leader of an entire state is that forgetful, huh? Not good.