The employee who pushed the wrong emergency button and sparked fears that a ballistic missile was headed towards Hawaii on Saturday, January 13, 2018, has been reassigned. Panic and frenzy ensued for nearly half an hour as people rushed to seek shelter, and prepare for what they thought would be certain catastrophe and chaos.
According to an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, the employee will no longer be allowed in the control room where he had access to a drop-down menu alert system and is undergoing retraining. The employee was reportedly trying to shut down a program and hit the wrong button. His name has not been publicly released. You may see a video report below.
While the government and computer software designers try to figure out what flaws led to such a mistake, celebrities have spoken out on social media demanding answers from President Trump for the fiasco. According to comments on social media, many feel that though it was a false alarm, international relations under President Trump are such that an attack of this nature could be a possibility.
Jim Carrey was in Hawaii at the time of the incident and the outspoken critic of the Trump administration immediately shared his frustration and outrage over the debacle.
Jim Carrey’s tweet went viral and caused a bit of an uproar with those who support President Trump.
Other celebrities who have spoken out about the false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii include Sean Astin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Reza Aslan, Adam Best, and Kurt Eichenwald.
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
Trump knew within minutes no missile was hurtling toward Hawaii. He was golfing. They told him. He did not tweet out that info. He kept golfing. People thought they & their families were going to die FOR 38 MINS. Then when the panic was over he tweeted how media is so mean to him
— Very Stable Genuis (@rezaaslan) January 14, 2018
Actor Sean Astin set up a poll where he asked the question whether President Trump should have publicly addressed the nation as a whole regarding the false ballistic missile alert failure.
Approximately 13,700 votes were cast and 92 percent of those who voted answered that President Trump needed to issue a public comment in response to the situation.
Should President Trump @realDonaldTrump have made some public comment about yesterday's Imminent Missile Attack WARNING False Alarm in Hawaii by now?
— Sean Astin (@SeanAstin) January 14, 2018
Employee who hit button sending the false Hawaii missile alert is now being reassigned. From now on it will take two buttons and two people to send that kind of alert again. @JimAvilaABC reports. https://t.co/CJLwiZZ6ta pic.twitter.com/zpVmbtvkE6
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 15, 2018
Given that @potus apparently did nothing but golf while Hawaii was freaking out over an incoming missile attack alert, Kim Jong Un now knows how to launch a first strike while Trump is in office: just wait for a him to be on a weekend golf outing.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) January 13, 2018
Imagine if instead of golfing Trump had been watching Fox and Friends when the Hawaii ballistic missile False alarm went out.
I may not be tweeting right now if that were the case.
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) January 13, 2018
While many hold the worker who pushed the wrong button accountable for his actions, and the realization that the emergency system is in need of improvements isn’t limited solely to Hawaii, many people are expressing frustration based upon President Trump’s handling of the situation.
Some have ventured to guess that if the circumstances surrounding the false alarm were different and President Trump wasn’t properly notified, he may have been pressured to start a nuclear war.
What do you think about the false missile scare? Do you think President Trump handled it correctly or do you agree with celebrities who are demanding answers?